October 01, 2013

Off to a good start

One of these days, somebody, or maybe several somebodies, is/are going to write an interesting book or two on the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare." Despite all the ugliness in Washington and all the lies swirling around, there are some amazing numbers from West Virginia.

Last month, the WV Department of Health and Human Resources sent out 118,000 letters to people eligible for the program. All they had to do was check a box, fill out a form and they'd be signed up for Medicaid.

Today, Oct. 1, is the first day people can sign up for health care under Medicaid or the exchanges and already 45,000 previously uninsured West Virginians have signed up! The coverage itself won't begin until Jan. 1, but this is a great start.

Pardon me if I write that again: 45,000 on day 1! Holy ****!

Congratulations to all those who fought hard to make sure WV would be among the civilized states to expand Medicaid to cover hard working adults. And thanks again to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for making that truly life saving and life changing decision.

Victory lap!

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