Fate Of WV Health Bills Now In Manchin's Hands

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, WV (AP) -- Gov. Joe Manchin is now deciding the fate of the few major health bills to emerge from a legislative session that left many others banged up and stranded in various committees.

The most significant piece of legislation would create a new executive branch office to oversee health initiatives.
It also would establish pilot programs for so-called "medical home" models of treatment.

Both measures were endorsed by a working group convened last year to recommend changes to the state's health care system.

Manchin has not committed to signing the bill yet, but says it looks like a good step for the state.

A bill increasing payments to some mental health providers, though, still faces opposition from the state health agency.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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