Medicaid costs a concern for West Virginia
On the heals of the news that West Virginia state agencies will have to cut their budgets by 7. 5 percent, comes the report that increasing Medicaid costs at the top budget challenge facing many states. West Virginia and 22 other states say rising Medicaid costs will be their biggest challenge moving forward. The outlook is part of the National Conference of State Legislatures' new update on state budgets. West Virginia's medicaid costs are expected to shoot up by $80 million in the current budget year as federal matching funds are reduced.