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More than 7,000 West Virginians seek coverage under ACA

West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy


About half of the West Virginians who've applied for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act are eligible for government insurance programs.

Figures released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services show 7,096 West Virginians applied for health coverage through the federal government's website from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2. Of that total, about 3,100 were eligible for coverage either through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program.

About 3,400 people were eligible for private health coverage. Highmark West Virginia says 198 completed the enrollment process between Oct. 1 and Nov. 12.

West Virginians for Affordable Health Care executive director Perry Bryant tells media outlets that problems with the federal government's website could hurt the entire insurance market.


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