Public News Service, Mountain Messenger – The federal government has warned nine states about an alarming number of children losing Medicaid health coverage, and West Virginia officials say they’re also closely watching the numbers.
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According to the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, children make up around 40% of the state’s Medicaid beneficiaries. The program ensures low-income parents can take children to the doctor or dentist without facing costly bills.
Cindy Beane, commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services, said the Mountain State was one of the first to break down the data as families were requalified for Medicaid after the pandemic, and the drop is troubling.