ROANOKE, Va. -

Right now the budget on Governor McAulffe's desk doesn't include Medicaid Expansion.   

He says he's going to do what he can to close a coverage gap that affects 400,000 Virginians.

We wanted to know what impact no Medicaid Expansion will have on places that provide health care to low-income families.

Republicans are adamant they want to study and examine Medicaid Expansion before making a decision on it.

But regardless of what happens, expansion or not, free clinics say they're not going anywhere.

"I've been coming back here now since January," Eunice Louis says.

"About 20-25 years," Tammy Rose added.

Louis and Rose say they're in the so-called coverage gap; the one not closed by not expanding Medicaid.

Both are quick to say the Bradley Free Clinic has kept them alive.

"They stick by you. They're concerned about your health and everything. And they have real good doctors here and they work with you," Rose said.

"The Free Clinics have always filled the gaps in. The working poor are always goig to have a part of the population that doesn't qualify for one reason or another" said Dr. Kevin Kelleher.

Kelleher is the Medical Director of the Bradley Free Clinic.

"We're disappointed that more indigent patients aren't being covered by medicaid," he said.

He says the fact that Medicaid Expansion wasn't included in this state budget doesn't necessarily hurt the clinic, but doesn't help it either.

"I think it would have covered a number of patients at the free clinics," Kelleher added.

The clinic is run almost entirely on donations and doesn't take any form of insurance, even medicaid.

So the expansion of medicaid would have meant access to insurance for some of the people who come to the clinic.  Regardless, the Bradley Clinic says it has the capability to see more patients even still.

"When I first came, it didn't have as much as it had now in terms of volunteers and specialists and things like that," Tammy Rose said.

As anyone in the free clinic world will tell you; no matter what the politicians do, what laws are passed, free clinics aren't going away anytime soon.

As for what Kelleher and the people who run free clinics want to see in the future; they just hope state Republicans follow up on their word to have a serious discussion about expanding medicaid.