CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia parents with children covered by Medicaid, as well as state residents who get help under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, will receive letters telling them they may qualify for Medicaid coverage under the state's expansion of the program and offering to enroll them automatically if they do.
The Department of Health and Human Resources mailed nearly 118,000 auto-enrollment letters to those people, DHHR announced Tuesday.
The Affordable Care Act expands the state's Medicaid program to those who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level -- $32,499 for a family of four. Officials in every state had the option to accept the Medicaid expansion -- which would provide insurance for thousands more state residents, largely to be paid for by the federal government -- and West Virginia officials accepted.
Letter recipients are asked if they want to automatically enroll in Medicaid coverage. Recipients are asked to respond to their local DHHR office by Sept. 27. Applicants will be notified of their eligibility by late December, according to the DHHR.
"This approach is a quick and easy way to register for Medicaid," said Karen Bowling, DHHR secretary. "These are people we already are serving and it makes sense to reach out and offer a hassle-free application to Medicaid."