Senate Health Bill (BCRA) Would Hit West Virginia Hardest
An updated report from the national Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that West Virginia would be among the hardest hit states in the nation. Not only would the number of uninsured West Virginians grow by nearly 300 percent - the largest increase in the nation (See Map) - but it would reduce federal Medicaid/CHIP spending by half or $1.8 billion by 2022. Last-ditch efforts by Senate leadership to offer more money to Medicaid expansion states won't fix this bill either. Below is a quick summary of BCRA's impact on West Virginia and here's a one-page fact sheet.
- 211,000 West Virginians would lose coverage by 2022 if BCRA is passed.
- The BCRA would increase West Virginia's non-elderly uninsured rate from five percent to over 19 percent, a 299 percent increase, more than any other state.
- 1 out-of-seven non-elderly West Virginians who would have coverage under the ACA would lose it because of the BCRA.
- The BCRA would cut West Virginia's CHIP program by 47 percent by 2022 (compared to 26 percent nationally)
- The number of people enrolled in Medicaid would fall by more than half by 2022, or 263,000 people.
- The state's cost to maintain expansion would rise by 50 percent by 2021, 100 percent by 2022, and 150 percent by 2023.
- West Virginia has the highest drug overdose death rate in 2015.
- The share of West Virginians with substance use or mental health disorders who were hospitalized but uninsured fell from 23 percent in 2013 to five percent in 2014.
- Rolling back expansion would roll back coverage for the 33 percent of West Virginia expansion enrollees who used mental health or substance use disorder services in 2014.