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WVU Bureau of Business and Economics Research Explores Economic Impact of Expanding Medicaid

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The WVU Bureau of Business and Economics Research is exploring the economic outcomes of expanding Medicaid.

The State House Finance Committee asked WVU to complete the study on expanding the Age and Disabled Waver, or ADA program.

The study found this would require more than $13 million, but would generate almost $80 million across the state.

The expansion would support 1,000 new jobs and would also clear a waiting list for Medicaid of more than 2,000 people in the state.

"What the state does is applies for a number of slots to serve people in the program and it gets filled up, but there is still some unmet demand. So, it's a policy decision whether you spend the money, it costs money to expand the program. And providing the legislature of what the likely impact of expanding the program is important regardless of the dollar size," said Jane Ruseski, of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

The study shows expanding the program would keep more people at home to be cared for by loved ones and out of assisted living.