By reducing the number of West Virginians who don't have insurance, expanding Medicaid will lower the costs passed on to those with insurance, the study states.
Bryant said the report's estimations were conservative.
Dr. Dan Doyle, a primary-care physician with Cabin Creek Health Systems, spoke in favor of Medicaid expansion at the news conference. Doyle said he constantly sees patients who need access to specialty care but cannot get it because they do not have health insurance.
Of the estimated 120,000 West Virginians that would have Medicaid if it were expanded, 10,000 are in Kanawha County and 3,000 in Fayette County, Doyle said.
He asked that Tomblin agree to Medicaid expansion.
"I feel confident that the governor is going to do the right thing here," Doyle said.
West Virginia resident Teresa Brown cannot afford health insurance now, but she would be eligible for Medicaid under the expansion. Brown's husband is a coal truck driver who makes around $1,000 every two weeks. Insurance would cost the couple nearly $2,000 a month, she said.
Her husband has skin cancer on his face and she suffers from Ménière's disease, a condition causing her to lose hearing. The medication for Ménière's disease costs around $75 a month, she said.
Brown urged Tomblin to expand Medicaid.
Her daughter and two young grandsons would also be covered under the expansion, she said.
"I am begging for the health of myself, my husband, my daughter and my two grandsons," she said.
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