One of the interesting questions that will fuel more than a single dissertation is the impact of local political factors on PPACA acceptance and utilization. The obvious answer is that states where there is uniform elite political support for PPACA will see higher public acceptance compared to states with uniform elite PPACA opposition. We’re seeing this in the California versus Florida comparisons. The more interesting question is in states where there is conflicted elite and popular support.
ACASignup.net is passing along some great news and a great research topic:
Excellent news out of West Virginia: Medicaid expansion has increased yet again, from 87,000 to 98,000 residents. This is particularly impressive considering that the total number of people in WV who are eligible for Medicaid post-expansion is about 143,000, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Doris Selko, Southern Regional coordinator for the West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, said over 98,000 residents had enrolled in the Medicaid expansion by March 15 and an estimated 105,000 are expected to be enrolled by the end of the month.
Selko said three southern counties — Nicholas, Summers and Wyoming — have all enrolled over 100 percent of the anticipated enrollment numbers, and Raleigh County has enrolled 99 percent.
West Virginia and Kentucky are interesting case studies of states that don’t support Obama or Obamacare per se are doing aggressive implementation because the deal on the table is too damn good to pass up. West Virginia is mining its mountaintops and hollows for Medicaid eligibilty and they are aggressively finding people who can benefit. I am curious what the nationwide numbers would look like if every state was as aggressive as West Virginia in reaching out and more importantly signing up the people who are newly eligible for Medicaid.