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WV Bills Aim to Lower Drug Costs, Prevent Medicaid “Cliff”

“West Virginia groups are pushing state lawmakers to pass several bills related to health care, bills they say would lower copays and increase access to health insurance.

Legislators are considering a bill which would allow people who make a small amount of money over Medicaid’s income limit to “buy in” to the program.

Gary Zuckett, executive director of the West Virginia Citizen Action Group, thinks the bill would incentivize people to work more hours, or get a better job or a second job, without fear of losing their Medicaid coverage.

‘What’s happening now is, they basically either have to not take that new job, or lose their health insurance,’ Zuckett explained.”