Medicaid expansion forum scheduled for Sunday in Charleston
Supporters of Medicaid expansion will host a forum about its potential impact on West Virginia Sunday afternoon.The event, which is sponsored by members of the faith community along with health-care and nonprofit organizations, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Christ United Methodist Church at 1221 Quarrier Street in Charleston.
The forum aims to address who would be covered under Medicaid expansion and will encourage questions.Expanding Medicaid to those who make up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, as states have the option to do under the Affordable Care Act, would qualify 120,000 more state residents for health-care coverage, proponents say.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has not yet said whether the state will expand Medicaid. He awaits the results of an actuarial study outlining what it would cost the state.Registration and refreshments will begin prior to the forum at 1 p.m. For more information, see www.medicaidexpansionwv.org.