CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Rising health care costs have West Virginia lawmakers shoring up future funding for Medicaid.
A measure endorsed Thursday by the Senate Finance Committee would apply $14 million to the program. That amount would draw down another $37 million in federal matching funds.
The proposal is one of two expected from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin this session aimed at erasing a $115 million Medicaid shortfall. Medical inflation is a chief culprit. Improving state income levels have also reduced the federal matching rate.
Medicaid provides health coverage mostly for poor children and the disabled. Thursday's bill reroutes unspent money in this year's budget to ensure sufficient funding for the upcoming budget year.
The measure heads to the full Senate. The legislative session ends March 10.