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W.Va. House OKs Medicaid spending recovery bill

Apr. 01, 2013 @ 05:15 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's House of Delegates has approved a measure aimed at helping Medicaid recover some of its spending.

The bill passed unanimously to the Senate on Monday was requested by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. It responds to a recent state Supreme Court decision.

The divided court limited what the state could recoup from a child covered by Medicaid who later won a $3.6 million medical injury settlement.

Medicaid spent more than $500,000 on the child's care. It also remains on the hook for all future care. But the Supreme Court limited Medicaid's recovery to less than $100,000

Tomblin's bill would mandate advance notice of such cases and make Medicaid a party in them. Any settlement would require the program's approval or go before a judge.

The Senate receives the bill.