On Thursday, May 2, 2013, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined by U.S. Sen. Rockefeller, President and CEO of United Health System Tom Jones, and CEO of Thomas Health Systems Steve Dexter, announced the decision to expand Medicaid in West Virginia.
“We anticipate expansion will allow us to provide insurance coverage to approximately 91,500 working West Virginians, significantly reducing the number of uninsured,” Gov. Tomblin said. “A decision to expand today, however, does not end our efforts. We must carefully watch federal efforts. If the program becomes unsustainable, particularly after three years, or the federal government changes its promised funding allocations, we must be prepared to take action to protect our State.
“I appreciate Governor Tomblin’s thorough evaluation of what he believes expanding Medicaid will mean to West Virginia,” Sen. Manchin said. “I respect and support his decision to go ahead with expansion in a way that is tailored to West Virginia. I will do everything I can at the federal level to make sure he has all the flexibility he needs to make this program work in a fiscally responsible way for the benefit of the West Virginians it is intended to help.”
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