The ACA also provides reproductive health care for women, Pore said. However, the law doesn't change the rules about abortion services. Federal funds are limited for abortion to the cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the pregnant woman, she said.
While many of the measures under the Affordable Care Act are in place, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has yet to decide whether to expand Medicaid to those who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line, or $26,300 for a family of three.
If Tomblin were to expand Medicaid, it would mean Medicaid coverage for 125,000 West Virginians, including 63,000 women, Pore said.
The federal government would pay for all of the expansion during the first three years. After that, the federal match would gradually decline to 90 percent.
Pore encouraged those attending the meeting to tell the governor to expand Medicaid.
"I think it's time now to start pressuring the governor to get with the program," she said.
Results from an actuary study about the cost of Medicaid expansion are expected in March.
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