"Besides providing the benefits of health care to working West Virginians, this will provide major economic benefits in the form of jobs, business revenue, consumption, and increased tax revenues," Doyle wrote.
Tomblin's office did not respond to a telephone call Friday asking about the governor's position on these issues.
The state insurance commissioner is overseeing actuarial analyses of the costs and benefits of the proposed Medicaid expansion under the 2010 federal law.
Funded by a federal grant of $800,000, the state's research about Medicaid expansion is scheduled to be completed and released to the public in January. The results should help state decision-makers and the public on their discussions about these issues.
CCRC Actuaries, a Maryland company, is conducting some of the statistical research for Insurance Commissioner John P. Hale. CCRC already does research for West Virginia's Public Employees Insurance Agency and Children's Health Insurance Program.
The insurance commissioner also has a sub-contract with Jonathan Gruber, a health-care economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In his letter to Tomblin, Doyle wrote, "We urge you to communicate to the Legislature and West Virginia citizens that this is an opportunity not to be missed, an opportunity to provide needed health care coverage to hard working West Virginians, and at the same time major economic benefits to the state both in the health care sector and beyond."
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