Mountain State Spotlight – West Virginia health officials say they urgently need nearly $300 million in new funding to help residents who desperately need drug treatment and recovery, protect the state’s children from abuse, and aid those mired in poverty.
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The health officials laid out their case to Gov. Jim Justice for a 25% budget increase, in an internal government document obtained by Mountain State Spotlight. Without the extra funds, they say a statewide recovery program will end, thousands may lose health insurance and they won’t have enough workers to respond quickly to child abuse allegations.
In the fifty-page request, health officials outlined the stakes.