CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today sent a letter expressing concerns related to the expansion of Medicaid and the insurance exchange in West Virginia to the Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Gov. Tomblin issued the following statement regarding the correspondence.
"My staff and I have spent the last several months analyzing and evaluating the impact the federally mandated Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will have on the people of West Virginia. It is important that we be provided flexibility to expand Medicaid and work with the insurance exchange in a way that best serves our citizens today, and in the future-maintaining sound fiscal responsibility.
"It concerns me that incomplete rules and guidelines provided by the federal government, to this point, will not support a successful implementation of the requirements for Medicaid Expansion and the functionality of the insurance exchange. The letter I sent to Secretary Sebelius seeks prompt answers to several questions, which I hope will clarify the remaining direction needed."
The decision to expand Medicaid in West Virginia was made on May 2, 2013. The expansion is anticipated to provide insurance coverage to approximately 91,500 working West Virginians.
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Amy Shuler Goodwin