We’ve all heard the news about people losing their individually-purchased health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act,but estimates vary on how many West Virginians could be affected by the law.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey estimates there were 147,000 people in West Virginia with individually-purchased insurance in 2011, while other groups put that number at around 28,000, or 17,000.
The answer’s probably somewhere in the middle. As you can read in today’s Daily Mail, these different groups come up with different numbers because they use different methods to hash out the data.
In other news…
- Former Putnam County Family Court Judge William Watkins — who was suspended without pay earlier this year after being accused of multiple incidents of misconduct — will retire Nov. 30.
- The state Supreme Court of Appeals ruled last week the state Attorney General can issue “investigative subpoenas” as part of research for cases. The suit began under former Attorney General Darrell McGraw.
- The Associated Press reports former Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks is expected to plead guilty to a federal conspiracy charge today.