83,000 Join Obamacare

Excerpts from West Virginians for Affordable Health Care website. Go here to get the rest of the story:



Because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama— 

Almost 83,000 low-income West Virgin­ians have been enrolled in Medicaid in West Virginia.

The 83,000 (and growing) enrollment into Medicaid exceeds projections by a lot. Actuar­ies for the Office of the Insurance Commissioner projected that 91,000 West Virginians would be enrolled into the Medicaid expansion program by 2016 and that 68,000 would be enrolled in 2014. West Virginia may well exceed the 2016 projec­tion early next year.

On May 2nd, West Virginia Governor Tomblin approved the Medicaid expansion clearing the way for an estimated 133,500 low-income west Virginians to become eligible for Medicaid benefits as early as January 1, 2014.

In approving the expansion, Governor Tomblin released an actuarial analysis finding that over the next ten years West Virginia would receive $5.2 billion in federal money. The Medicaid expansion would only cost the state $375 million over the same time period. Put another way, West Virginia will receive almost $14 in federal money for each dollar they invest in the Medicaid expansion over the next ten year. In fact, the federal government pays 100 percent of the expansion cost over the next three years. Over time their percentage is reduced to 90 percent but never falls below a $9 return on every $1 that the state contributes to the expansion.

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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