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Medicaid expanded in Ohio, W.Va.

Updated: Wednesday, November 13 2013, 01:36 PM EST

Ohioans can enroll in expanded Medicaid next month; More W.Va. health insurance assisters to be hired

By: The Associated Press

Low-income Ohioans who are newly eligible for Medicaid under an expansion of the program can start signing up for health coverage next month.

Gov. John Kasich's administration got approval from Washington in October to extend Medicaid eligibility to those with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level -- or $15,856 for an individual. A legislative panel cleared the way for its funding about three weeks ago.

Ohio state officials said Wednesday that people can start enrolling in the expanded program on Dec. 9.  Coverage starts Jan. 1.

Roughly 366,000 Ohioans would be newly eligible under the extension beginning in 2014. Some have sought to get enrolled but have been left in limbo while the state adjusts its system to begin taking new people.

In West Virginia, ppen enrollment in the state’s expanded Medicaid program and the health insurance marketplace began Oct. 1 and will continue through March 31.

About 100 additional workers will be hired in the state to help people enroll in West Virginia's health insurance marketplace and expanded Medicaid program.

State insurance commissioner's office officials said Tuesday contracts have been completed with four agencies to hire more in-person assisters.

Office spokesman Jason Butcher tells The Charleston Gazette that federal funding for the workers will go to the West Virginia Primary Care Association, Community Care of West Virginia, Partners in Health Network Inc., and Valley Health Systems.

Ellen Potter of the Office of the Insurance Commission says the additional hirings will bring the total number of in-person assisters to around 200 in West Virginia.

Medicaid expanded in Ohio, W.Va.

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