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Health care glitch affects 18K W.Va. residents

Jan. 02, 2014 @ 11:13 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A state official says a glitch in the federal health insurance marketplace has affected about 18,000 West Virginians trying to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Jeremiah Samples of the state Department of Health and Human Resources tells the Charleston Gazette the federal exchange is having problems transferring account information to and from West Virginia’s system. He says some other states are having the same problem.

About 10,000 residents whose accounts should have been transferred because they’re eligible for Medicaid will have to sign up again, this time with the state. And about 8,000 residents who tried to sign up for Medicaid but were found to be ineligible now must go to the federal exchange if they want insurance because their information also was not transferred.

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