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Bill to recover Medicaid spending clears Senate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia may improve its chances of recovering some Medicaid spending through a measure endorsed by the state Senate.

Senators unanimously passed a proposal from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Friday that responds to a recent state Supreme Court decision.

The House must now consider Senate changes to the bill. It would allow the state to intervene in court cases in which someone on Medicaid seeks damages for medical costs.

The Supreme Court ruling limited the state's share of a $3.6 million medical injury settlement for a child covered by Medicaid.

Medicaid had by then spent more than $500,000 on the child's care. Medicaid also remains on the hook for all future care. But the Supreme Court limited Medicaid's recovery to less than $100,000.


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