West Virginia Accepts Medicaid Expansion
Joined by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) accepted the Medicaid Provision of the Affordable Care Act. The announcement was made at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, West Virginia
In a press release the Governor stated “We anticipate expansion will allow us to provide insurance coverage to approximately 91,500 working West Virginians, significantly reducing the number of uninsured, A decision to expand today, however, does not end our efforts,”
The Governor continued with a Warning, “We must carefully watch federal efforts. If the program becomes unsustainable, particularly after three years, or the federal government changes its promised funding allocations, we must be prepared to take action to protect our state.”
Including West Virginia, This is now the 27th state and the District of Columbia that have chosen to support expanding Medicaid under Obamacare, while more than a dozen Republican governors oppose it. However in many states with Republican-dominated legislatures, those legislative bodies are working on various plans to to block those governors who are seeking to broaden the program.