Some W.Va. Lawmakers Wary Of Expanding Medicaid

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Some West Virginia lawmakers are questioning the state's decision to expand Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul.

A House-Senate health committee received details Monday from the financial analysis that helped prompt Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to choose expansion in May. It estimates that 91,500 low-income West Virginia would gain coverage starting next year. It also concluded that more than $5 billion in promised federal funds would cover nearly all resulting costs over the next decade.

Delegate Denise Campbell isn't sure rural West Virginia has enough willing providers. The Randolph County Democrat is a nursing home administrator who's worked in doctors' offices. She noted that Medicaid reimburses less for medical services than private insurance.

Sen. Evan Jenkins is also executive director of the state Medical Association. He echoed Campbell's concerns.

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