Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Monday sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, requesting answers to a series of questions about expanding Medicaid in West Virginia.
Tomblin complained of “incomplete rules and guidelines” from the federal government. The state had planned to unveil its plan for expanding the government healthcare program by June. That deadline has come and gone and, with expanded Medicaid enrollment slated to open Oct. 1, Tomblin’s concerns could be a sign the state won’t be ready for that deadline.
In other news…
- Bush administration official Charlotte Lane told us last month she was considering a run for Congress. As of this morning, she’s apparently gone all-in.
- The heart of rock and roll is still beating for Delegate Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha.
- The West Virginia International Film Festival is sponsoring a free screening and panel discussion of the controversial film “Oxyana.”
- Eric Eyre over at the Charleston Gazette reports Delegate Don Perdue, D-Wayne, chairman of the House Health and Human Resources Committee, has asked Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to investigate how much pseudoephedrine sold in West Virginia is being used to make meth. Morrisey didn’t like the story, to say the least. Here’s a post from his private Twitter account:
Always disappointing when the Gazette takes a serious issue and manipulates it for a cheap political hit. WV deserves better.
— Patrick Morrisey (@MorriseyWV) July 15, 2013