Although problems with the federal health insurance exchange have prevented many from signing up for coverage, more than 50,000 West Virginians have now enrolled in the newly expanded Medicaid program.
As you can read in today’s Charleston Daily Mail, most of those sign-ups came through an auto-enrollment process the state Department of Health and Human Resources began in the weeks leading up to the exchange’s Oct. 1 roll-out.
The agency mailed out 118,000 letters to Medicaid-eligible individuals and families, and have so far received 47,752 of those letters back.
In other news…
- West Virginia leads the nation in fatal overdoses. And as Dave reports, veterans’ hospitals in the state are prescribing powerful painkillers at a much higher rate than most.
- The congressional campaign for Nick Casey has more than $500,000 in hand, with $150,000 of that raised during the last quarter of the fiscal year.
- Embattled Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden resigned from office on Monday.
- A former Social Security judge from Huntington is accused of running a disability scheme. But Daily Mail business editor Jared Hunt found West Virginia’s other judges deny Social Security benefits more often than not.
- Be sure to watch this video of 54 newly-minted United States citizens singing “Country Roads, Take Me Home.”