"I don't know why it's taking so long," Perdue said Tuesday. "We keep hearing, 'We have a draft of it, but we're not satisfied with it. We've gone back to the contractor and we've asked them to revisit some issues there.' "
"They tell me, they say it over and over again, a decision is eminent," he said.
Alsop said that while the report is expected soon, the governor's decision is still a ways off.
Once Tomblin receives the final report, Alsop said he anticipates the governor speaking with many people to gauge their opinions of the findings.
The regular legislative session ends April 13. Perdue hopes any decision from the governor comes before the final day.
"I would hope that it's still while we're in session; that way more legislators will be exposed to the actuarial study and have a degree of comfort with what we are doing," Perdue said.
"If you get out of town and have to view it from afar, it's not quite the same."
Alsop and Perdue both said they didn't think expansion of Medicaid would require legislative action. However, both said a decision either way would have financial and logistical ramifications that eventually could require legislative action.
Senate Finance Chairman Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, said the issue is definitely on his radar.
He said he had no doubt the Legislature eventually would have to find additional funding if the program were expanded.
Perdue, an ardent supporter of Medicaid expansion, thinks it actually could save money.
He said not every eligible person is expected to seek benefits in the first few years, and that will bring down costs.
He said costs also could be held down if the expansion works as planned — providing more access to health care, making people healthier and keeping them out of the hospital.
"You have to look at our demographics, at our poverty level, at the number of working poor that it would influence," Perdue said.
"Also, the fact that those people who aren't getting any kind of health care. . .when they get sick, we all pay for that. The cost shift occurs. This would either eliminate it or really slow down that cost shift."
Perdue speculated the decision delay also could stem from the state Department of Health and Human Resources.
Expanding the program would present significant changes for the massive agency, so Perdue thought agency officials might be working on a plan.
Many states already have decided to expand their Medicaid programs, although recent opposition has come in Florida and Texas.
In this state, the left-leaning West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, the Roman Catholic Church and others have voiced support for expanded Medicaid coverage.