West Virginia and Medicaid

About 244,000 West Virginians -- or about 13.5 percent of the population -- are currently uninsured. The state also ranks high or leads the nation for such chronic health issues as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Although expanding Medicaid may held more West Virginians, state officials are concered about the burden on the state budget. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants more information from the federal government on the recently upheld federal health care law. He's not the only one. Medicaid covers around 330,000 West Virginians, the 12th largest program among the states when measured against overall populations, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau figures.