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A second round of 61,000 auto-enrollment letters have been mailed to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients and parents of children covered by Medicaid Thursday, officials said.

Karen L. Bowling, Cabinet Secretary with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, said to date the Mountain State has determined 58,390 consumers are eligible for Medicaid expansion.

Because of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, states were given the option to expand their Medicaid program to include individuals who were not previously eligible.

"This letter provides West Virginians a streamlined process by which to have eligibility determined for Medicaid expansion," Bowling said. "We are pleased with our enrollment numbers thus far, but are continuing our outreach efforts to make this process simple and convenient and to let folks know they may qualify for Medicaid."

Recipients of the second letter received a form asking if they wish to auto-enroll in the coverage. A response from the recipients is requested by Dec. 18 to their local DHHR office.

Applicants will be notified on their eligibility by late December 2013.

"If you are between the ages of 19 and 64, you may qualify for Medicaid with coverage starting January 2014," Bowling added.

Eligibility includes modified adjusted income and the size of household. Household size is determined by who can be claimed on a federal tax return, such as the head of household, spouse, dependent children and other relatives or non-relatives who qualify as dependents.