People can compare rates for insurance plans at healthcare.gov.
According to a state-commissioned report from CCRC Actuaries, 128,000 uninsured people in West Virginia are expected to get health coverage in 2013. Kanawha County has 24,979 uninsured people, but that number is expected to decrease by 17,262 by 2016 under the Affordable Care Act.
Almost 50,000 SNAP recipients and parents of children enrolled in Medicaid responded to letters from the Department of Health and Human Resources asking them if they, if eligible, wanted to automatically enroll in Medicaid, Bryant said.
Dr. Dan Foster, a Charleston physician and former state legislator, said the implementation of Medicaid expansion and enrollment into the Marketplace is great news for him as a doctor.
Each year between 18,000 and 20,000 Americans die because they don't have health insurance, Foster said.
"That's four West Virginians a week," Foster said. He gave a personal story of a friend without health insurance who fell and cracked some of his ribs, developed pneumonia and ultimately died because he didn't have health insurance.
People die due to lack of health insurance every day, Foster said.
"These are the folks we're going to help," he said.
Sherri Ferrell, chief financial and operating officer for the West Virginia Primary Care Association, said community health centers will play a major role in helping enroll the uninsured. The health centers care for one in five state resident and will have certified application counselors on hand to help enroll people, Ferrell said.
WVFree, a reproductive rights organization, developed a new website -- goenrollwv.org -- aimed at informing younger people about the marketplace and getting them enrolled, said Camilla Eubanks, research and development director for the agency.
Insured people can sign up for Medicaid or a plan in the Marketplace online at healthcare.gov, by calling 1-800-318-2596, at a DHHR office or by mailing in an application.
Healthcare.gov listed 84 places including hospitals, health clinics and county DHHR offices in the Charleston area where uninsured people can go for help enrolling in health insurance. To find help with the application, visit https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office set up a tip line for those who have concerns about identity theft when signing up for health insurance and Medicaid. People with concerns about enrolling can call 800-368-8808 and ask to speak with a health care specialist.
Reach Lori Kersey at lori.ker...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.