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West Virginia, Virgin Islands Explore Joint Health Exchange

West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands are mulling the formation of a joint health insurance exchange, say officials from the state and territory
January 24, 2012

West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands are mulling the formation of a joint health insurance exchange, say officials from the state and territory. West Virginia, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico each received $1 million in federal planning grants to study whether to develop an exchange. Jeremiah Samples, insurance program manager with the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner, said as part of that study, the state is looking at potentially working with other states and territories to develop an exchange.

From economy to climate, West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands are as different as any two places in the United States. But that hasn’t stopped them from discussing the idea. Taetia Dorsett, coordinator of the Virgin Islands healthcare reform implementation task force, said West Virginia is a logical potential partner because they are already working together on Medicaid. Later this year, West Virginia will begin processing Medicaid claims for the Virgin Islands.

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