Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 8, 2013

W.Va. may lack doctors for Medicaid expansion


Associated Press

CHARLESTON — A medical official says West Virginia might not have enough doctors to care for Medicaid patients when the government-sponsored insurance program is expanded next year.

West Virginia State Medical Association executive director Evan Jenkins says most doctors who accept Medicaid limit the number of patients they see.

Jenkins tells the Charleston Daily Mail that some Medicaid patients likely won’t be able to find a primary care physician when the program is expanded.

The expansion will extend coverage to an estimated 91,500 uninsured low-income patients.

State officials are still working on West Virginia’s plan for expanding Medicaid under the federal health care reform law.