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Decision On Health Care Expected Thursday Morning
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Jun. 27, 2012 9:47 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 28, 2012 8:37 AM EDT
Washington, D.C. , West Virginia
With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule Thursday on the President Barack Obama's federal health care overhaul, here is a look at where West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky stand.
NUMBER OF UNINSURED: 244,000 West Virginians are uninsured, or about 13.5 percent.
WHERE THE STATE STANDS: West Virginia has enacted legislation allowing for a state-run health care exchange, but the state has slowed the pace of setting it up to see how the Supreme Court rules.
WHAT HAPPENS NOW: State officials say they won't know how to proceed until the ruling. West Virginia did, however, begin studying the health care exchange concept before it became part of the federal overhaul.
NUMBER OF UNINSURED: More than 1.5 million state residents are uninsured, or about 14 percent.
WHERE THE STATE STANDS: Ohio has not moved to create a health care exchange but is evaluating its options. It received a $1 million federal exchange planning grant in 2010. Republican Gov. John Kasich's administration has taken advantage of some parts of the new law to expand coordinated care and propose changes to Medicaid eligibility. Democrats have unsuccessfully pushed bills in the Legislature to set up a state-run exchange. But Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who is also Ohio's insurance director, frequently criticizes the overhaul and says it's premature to plan for an exchange without further clarification from the federal government.
WHAT HAPPENS NOW: Kasich has said he'd rather have the state set up the exchange than "a bunch of people in Washington who can't seem to get out of their way come in here and try to run Ohio." State officials have not said whether Ohio is far enough along to have a state exchange set up by 2014.
NUMBER OF UNINSURED: 640,000 state residents are uninsured, or about 15 percent.
WHERE THE STATE STANDS: Kentucky has laid the groundwork for a statewide health insurance exchange, but Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear opted to wait for the Supreme Court ruling before moving doing anything more.
WHAT HAPPENS NOW: Beshear says if the law is upheld, he will sign an executive order creating the state's health insurance exchange
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