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W.Va. DHHR says 45K people have auto-enrolled in expanded Medicaid program in past 2 weeks
Reported by: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 3:28 PM EDT
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.
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.