W.Va. Medicaid Report Now Not Expected until May

By: West Virginia AP Email
By: West Virginia AP Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A report due in January on how West Virginia should expand Medicaid has already cost the state $860,000, but its focus has changed and it's now expected in May.

The Charleston Daily Mail says officials are calling the revised goals for the report an "internal planning document" that contains sensitive information and cannot be made public.

Maryland-based CCRC Actuaries is studying the feasibility of a health care exchange, a publicly run market where people can seek competitive prices for insurance.

Exchanges are part of the federal overhaul of health care regulations.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has said the state will partner with the federal government for its exchange.

But he hasn't announced whether he'll open Medicaid to more lower-income residents, or how individuals and small businesses will seek coverage.

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