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Governor Tomblin: Delays Threaten W.Va. Medcaid Expansion
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on July 16, 2013 @ 6:19PM
Created on July 16, 2013 @ 5:49PM

It looks like folks in the Mountain State who were counting on Medicaid to expand might have to wait a little longer. That's because a letter sent out by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has raised serious question on whether West Virginia will be ready to expand it's program, which is required by the Healthcare Mandate.

Earlier this year Governor Tomblin announced the state would expand its Medicaid coverage as part of the federal health care overhaul.

As part of the change it's estimated that an extra 90-thousand people in the Mountain State would be eligible for the program.

Officials had hoped to unveil the plan in June, but that hasn't happened.

In a letter Governor Tomblin sent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services he blamed federal delays as the reason the Mountain State hasn't rolled out their plan.

Governor Tomblin also said a number of his questions, including whose eligible for the program, haven't been answered.

A recent blog cites most of the answers Governor Tomblin is looking for can be found on a website established for the health care law.

Lea-Lea Nicholas-Campbell, a Fairview resident, told 5 News that Tomblin needs to get things figured out so residents in the Mountain State can get the coverage they need.

"I don't want to fall through the cracks, but we don't want a bunch of words on paper and things that (no one understands)," she said.

To read Governor Tomblin's letter, click here.


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