100,000 WV’ians – missing, uncounted or imaginary?

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100,000 WV’ians – missing, uncounted or imaginary?

Post by SamCogar on Tue May 15, 2012 5:20 am

Medicaid, the joint federal-state program, currently covers health care for about 420,000 low-income West Virginians. This fiscal year, the program is expected to cost more than $2.9 billion.

About $2.1 billion of that comes from the federal government .

And if the (Obama) Affordable Care Act, the signature legislation of the 2009 Democratic Congress, is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, West Virginia will be expected to add 130,000 people to its Medicaid program by 2020.


Quick Facts
WV population, 2011 estimate 1,855,364
Medicaid recipients, 2011 est. .. 420,000 or 22.6%
Medicaid recipients, 2020 est. .. 550,000 or 29.6%
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2010 16.0%

The U. S. Census Bureau data states that - WV 2011 population estimate - 1,855,364

The above Editorial states that, to wit:

Low income Medicaid recipients in WV - 420,000 people or 22.6% of population.

But how can that be possible when, to wit:

The U. S. Census Bureau data also states that:

WV - Persons below poverty level 2006-2010 – 17.4% of population or 322,833 people.

Now just how is it possible for there to be 97,167 more low income people in WV than there are below poverty level people living in WV?

Is WV’s “low income” threshold higher than the Federal “poverty level” threshold?


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