W. Va. Rejects Extending Canceled Health-Insurance Policies

by Sterling Beard

Eliana, California wasn’t the only state to turn down President Obama’s extension of canceled health-insurance policies on Thursday; West Virginia declined as well.

Mike Riley, the state’s insurance commissioner, said yesterday that the year-long extension of such policies was unnecessary because the Mountain State had already taken steps to permit a transition period “consistent with the existing law.”

West Virginia is the first state won by Mitt Romney in 2012 to reject the extension. In addition to West Virginia and California, six other states have also decided against the president’s offer: Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. 

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