Affordable Care Act

More than 33,000 West Virginia residents have signed up for coverage through the federal health care law.

 

Federal officials said this week that 33,407 West Virginians signed up or renewed coverage on the federal marketplace from Nov. 1 through Dec. 19. Nationally, more than 8.2 million people have enrolled in the 38 states that use the HealthCare.gov website and call center.

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Federal officials are extending the amount of time West Virginians have to sign up for health insurance through the HealthCare.gov website. 

HealthCare.gov CEO Kevin Counihan made the announcement in a press release Wednesday.

Federal officials say more than 11,000 West Virginia residents have signed up for the health insurance marketplace during the open enrollment period that began Nov. 1.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office says he "appreciates" a U.S. Supreme Court ruling letting 28,000 West Virginians keep receiving federal subsidies for health insurance plans bought from a federal marketplace.

The Democrat's spokeswoman, Shayna Varner, says the ruling lets West Virginians who count on the Affordable Care Act's tax credits continue buying insurance through the private market.

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  A second enrollment period has started for coverage under West Virginia's health insurance exchange.

Sign-up events were held across the state Saturday for the state-sponsored marketplace. The enrollment period runs through Feb. 15.

According to federal government figures, West Virginia had the lowest percent of enrollees between the ages of 18 and 34 during the round of signups from October 2013 to March.

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West Virginia has been awarded more than $1 million for chronic disease prevention programs.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced two grants on Thursday for state and local programs. The programs are aimed at preventing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

 The grants are funded in part by the Affordable Care Act. They will be administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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  Both West Virginia and Virginia saw modest decreases in the number of uninsured residents last year.

The U.S. Census Bureau report released Tuesday shows the number of uninsured people in West Virginia dropped from 264,000 in 2012 to 255,000 last year - about 3.5 percent. Virginia's dropped from 1 million in 2012 to 991,000 last year - about 1 percent.

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Four health centers in West Virginia will expand behavioral health services using funds from the Affordable Care Act.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced almost a million dollars in funds from the federal health care act will support and expand services for about 29,000 West Virginians  that seek treatment from those 4 health centers.

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  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is suing President Barack Obama's administration over allegations of hand-picking which laws to follow.

The Republican's lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

The filing by Solicitor General Elbert Lin targets an Obama administrative fix to let some people temporarily keep unqualified plans under the Affordable Care Act.

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More than $900,000 in refunds from insurance companies are headed to 8,300 consumers in West Virginia.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the payments Thursday, crediting the Affordable Care Act.

Burwell said the refunds in West Virginia will average $177 per family.

Community Health Systems of Beckley is one of 60 clinics across the country that will share more than 80 million dollars in Affordable Care Act money.
 

The rural clinic  will receive a $1.65 million grant to help train primary care providers.

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  The number of West Virginians getting health insurance through two programs has increased more than in almost any other state since Medicaid was expanded under the Affordable Care Act.

That's according to federal data released this week on those enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program as of April 30.

The Charleston Gazette reports that nearly 154,000 West Virginians had enrolled in one of the programs since open enrollment began.

A Kentucky-based cooperative is preparing to enter West Virginia's health insurance marketplace.
 
Kentucky Health Cooperative, Inc. says iit has received approval from the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner to offer health insurance in West Virginia.
 

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We take you through the process of signing up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid before Monday's deadline. We conclude our series on the Story of the Jews in West Virginia about the Ahavath Shalom congregation in Bluefield. Holly Williams performs "Drinkin'" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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The deadline to sign up for health insurance or Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and the state Medicaid expansion is Monday, March 31, but don’t fret! There is still time to start the application process if you haven’t yet begun.

Michelle Bays, a certified application counselor for Valley Health in Huntington, says there is some basic information you need in order to apply for coverage on the federal healthcare exchange.

  A state official says a glitch in the federal health insurance marketplace has affected about 18,000 West Virginians trying to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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West Virginia ranks second only to New York as the state getting the best deal from Obamacare, according to a new report from the company Evolution Finance.

The report looks at what all 50 states received through the Affordable Care Act. It uses 11 metrics designed to gauge the law’s impact on consumers and each state’s budget.

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West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen Bowling announced today that a second round of 61,000 auto-enrollment letters have been mailed to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients and parents of children covered by Medicaid notifying them that they may automatically qualify for health insurance coverage.
 

To date, the DHHR has determined that 58,390 consumers are eligible for Medicaid expansion

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About half of the West Virginians who've applied for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act are eligible for government insurance programs.

Figures released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services show 7,096 West Virginians applied for health coverage through the federal government's website from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2. Of that total, about 3,100 were eligible for coverage either through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program.

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