Accordingly, the state will pay experts more than $800,000 to get a better fix on the situation.
That's a good idea. After all, there are at least two factors that could cause costs to zoom.
First, West Virginia has long paid health care providers far less than it costs them to treat Medicaid patients. Some doctors refuse Medicaid patients for that reason.
The cost of the current program is understated.
Second, the designers of the Affordable Care Act simply assume that if uninsured people get Medicaid coverage, they will go to the doctor, follow medical
advice and improve their health, and thereby cut health care costs in the long term.
It could carry big costs.