March 16, 2014
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia is ready to launch a health insurance market under the federal Affordable Care Act, but an official overseeing it says enrolling people will be a challenge.
Jeremiah Samples of the Department of Health and Human Resources says that's because the federal government has failed to adequately explain what's happening.
Private and nonprofit organizations are ramping up outreach efforts, and Samples said that should help increase awareness.
West Virginians who have no health insurance can sign up for coverage under a state and federal partnership called a health care exchange. Open enrollment starts Tuesday.
Benefits begin Jan. 1, and the Obama administration predicts six in 10 people will be able to find at least some level of coverage for $100 or less per month, after tax credits.