West Virginians scored a huge win today! WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin decided to accept federal funds available under the health care law to cover more hardworking women and families through the Medicaid program. After months of activism by fantastic on-the-ground organizations like WVFREE and state advocates, Governor Tomblin made the right call.
Why this decision is so important? Today’s announcement means that:
What’s more, Governor Tomblin’s decision aligns with public beliefs. A recent public poll found wide-ranging support for covering more people through the Medicaid program. Two–thirds of respondents in this national survey want their state to accept the federal money and provide health insurance to state residents who are uninsured—helping them get preventive care and stay out of hospital emergency rooms.
The bottom-line: West Virginians deserve the financial security of having health coverage and the health care they need, when they need it. Today’s decision is a major step forward for all West Virginians.