Capito, who voted against the U.S. House's health-reform bill, believes the cost to states is an important issue, regardless of what the numbers are, spokesman Jon Coffin said.
"Whether the number is A or it is B, it will still be part of the dialogue," he said. "This is something that needs to be talked about. It hasn't been talked about enough. It does push a mandate onto the states, and we need to know what it is."
"We're certainly open to looking at anything new that comes out of DHHR," Coffin said. "The fact remains that, whether it's one number or a different number, this is going to cost something, and we should know what it is."
The U.S. House bill would expand coverage to families who earn up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level. The U.S. Senate version would cover people making up to 133 percent of that level.
To be eligible, a person would have to make less than $14,400 and a family of four would have to earn less than $29,300.
West Virginia Medicaid currently covers families who earn up to 35 percent of the federal poverty level. Most childless adults do not qualify.
The group West Virginians for Affordable Health Care has asked DHHR Secretary Patsy Hardy to withdraw the report, said Perry Bryant, the group's executive director.
"It gives the perception that what Congress is doing is prohibitively expensive for the state, and that we ought not to do that, when in fact expanding Medicaid has a number of positive impacts on West Virginia," said Bryant.
Unpaid hospital and emergency room bills would be greatly eliminated, he said, lowering costs for all.
To see the Congressional summary DHHR used for statistics, click here.