W.Va. DHHR: 45K so far auto-enroll in Medicaid
10/02/2013 - The Associated Press
WASHINGTON, DC -
Some 45,000 West Virginians have signed up for automatic enrollment in Medicaid in the past two weeks, and a state official says that's easing the pressure on the new online health insurance marketplace.
The Department of Health and Human Resources recently sent 118,000 letters informing families they automatically qualify under new thresholds stemming from the federal Affordable Care Act.
Assistant Secretary Jeremiah Samples said Tuesday the strong response is helping to alleviate pressure on DHHR offices and on the online system that supports the new insurance market, called a health care exchange.
The exchange is designed to give uninsured people an affordable way to purchase coverage by pooling the buying power of individuals and businesses.
Samples said no major technical problems have been reported with the new online system.