45,000 on day 1! In West Virginia

From my friend Rick Wilson’s blog goatrope@blogspot.com

One of these days, somebody, or maybe several somebodies, is/are going to write an interesting book or two on the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.” Despite all the ugliness in Washington and all the lies swirling around, there are some amazing numbers from West Virginia.

From my friend Rick Wilson’s blog The Goat Rope

Last month, the WV Department of Health and Human Resources sent out 118,000 letters to people eligible for the program. All they had to do was check a box, fill out a form and they’d be signed up for Medicaid.

Today, Oct. 1, is the first day people can sign up for health care under Medicaid or the exchanges and already 45,000 previously uninsured West Virginians have signed up! The coverage itself won’t begin until Jan. 1, but this is a great start.

Pardon me if I write that again: 45,000 on day 1! Holy ****!

Congratulations to all those who fought hard to make sure WV would be among the civilized states to expand Medicaid to cover hard working adults. And thanks again to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for making that truly life saving and life changing decision.

Victory lap!

About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to Amazon.com to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (wvhighlands.org), and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation (ksff.org). I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at martinjul@aol.com or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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