Prince William County will be hiring new employees to field a potential surge in new Medicaid applications starting in January due to the General Assembly’s expansion of the program.

The county expects 13,500 additional county residents to be eligible for Medicaid starting next year, said Courtney Tierney, the county’s director of social services.Through federal and state tax dollars, Medicaid helps pay for health care for low-income residents…

…The state is providing more than $1.3 million to Prince William for fiscal year 2018-19, which began July 1, to hire 18 full-time employees to help with eligibility applications for Medicaid, Tierney said. The county will not have to provide a local match this fiscal year, but will pay about $207,000 in the next fiscal year for the new staff.

Currently the county’s social services department has 89 staff members who determine eligibility for Medicaid. Last year, 69,864 received Medicaid assistance, according to Tierney.

Applications for the new staff positions are open until Aug. 24 on the Prince William County website, Tierney said. Training will occur in October.

Statewide, up to 400,000 more people will likely be eligible for Medicaid coverage because of the expansion, said Christina Nuckols, spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services.

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