Charleston — As West Virginians lose their jobs, more may turn to the state/federal health insurance program Medicaid to obtain health care during the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

During a virtual news conference Thursday, officials with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced several new measures to help low- or no-income West Virginians pay for health care with Medicaid. Some Medicaid patients refer to Medicaid, which is for low-income people, as their “medical card.”

DHHR Cabinet Secretary Bill Crouch announced that testing and treatment for uninsured people will be covered by Medicaid. In a news release, Jeremy Smith, program director for West Virginia Navigator, added that those who’ve lost jobs and who have also lost health insurance can sign up for Medicaid.

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