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More W.Va. health insurance assisters to be hired

November 13, 2013
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — About 100 additional workers will be hired in the state to help people enroll in West Virginia's health insurance marketplace and expanded Medicaid program.

State insurance commissioner's office officials said Tuesday contracts have been completed with four agencies to hire more in-person assisters.

Office spokesman Jason Butcher tells The Charleston Gazette ( that federal funding for the workers will go to the West Virginia Primary Care Association, Community Care of West Virginia, Partners in Health Network Inc., and Valley Health Systems.

Ellen Potter of the Office of the Insurance Commission says the additional hirings will bring the total number of in-person assisters to around 200 in the state.

Open enrollment in the state's expanded Medicaid program and the health insurance marketplace began Oct. 1 and will continue through March 31.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette,



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