RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe threw a curveball Monday on the first day of the special session, essentially proposing a new budget that includes a two-year pilot for Medicaid expansion.

McAuliffe, waving a letter from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said the feds have authorized Virginia to try expand Medicaid for two years, then drop the plan if it doesn’t work out. McAuliffe’s press team did not immediately respond to a request to disclose the letter to the media and public.

“Let’s keep the politics out of it,” the governor said in support of the pilot program before a room full of media, lawmakers and staff Monday morning, the first day of what promises to be a long and drawn-out special budget session.