New data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows West Virginians enrolling in the new health insurance exchange probably will pay higher-than-average monthly premiums, due to a lack of competition in the exchange.
Only one company, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, is taking part in the health insurance marketplace, which opens Oct. 1.
In other news…
- A new poll shows that a vast majority of West Virginians believe it should be illegal for employers, landlords and real estate agents to discriminate because of an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
- That same poll shows a significant drop in popularity for Sen. Joe Manchin.
- House Speaker Tim Miley says he “probably” would not support re-bonding the West Virginia Turnpike to fund future road construction and maintenance. Senate President Jeff Kessler said he would prefer some kind of funding mechanism that would affect all West Virginians equally, not just people in one part of the state.
- While some states have legalized marijuana, the federal government still views pot as an illegal substance. That makes some West Virginia lawmakers a little wary of legalizing the drug (for medical purposes) here.
- In Mingo County news, county commissioner Dave Baisden is set to plead guilty to a federal charge next week.
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