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February 17, 2023

West Virginia Lawmakers Considering Medicaid Buy-In Program

Wheeling News-Register – Lawmakers discussed a bill Thursday that would help poor families who make just enough to not qualify for Medicaid gain access to affordable health insurance.

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The House Health and Human Resources Committee recommended for passage Thursday a strike-and-insert amendment to House Bill 3274, creating the Affordable Medicaid Buy-in Program. The bill heads next to the House Judiciary Committee.

HB 3274 would create a new state option for a high-quality, low-cost health insurance plan for low-income West Virginians who earn just enough to not qualify for Medicaid. The buy-in plan allows residents to pay a low monthly premium based on a sliding scale for individuals who earn under 200% of the federal poverty level, prioritizing families who have been bumped off of Medicaid.

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