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60,000 More Residents Qualify for Medicaid

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

The recipients of the second letter received a simple form asking if they wish to auto-enroll in Medicaid coverage.  A response is requested by December 18.
The Affordable Care Act of 2010 gave states, including West Virginia, the option to expand their Medicaid program to include individuals who were not previously eligible.  Governor Tomblin chose to expand Medicaid coverage.
Eligibility for Medicaid will depend on two factors: modified adjusted income and the size of the household.