Posts by WVCBP

October 16, 2019 by WVCBP
Lewis County Girls are Lucky to Have Many Positive Role Models

The Weston Democrat - When we first started talking about the unusually high number of women in leadership roles compared to other counties, one topic was how to narrow the list down to a manageable amount to cover. We focused on women in Lewis County who are elected officials or work for a government entity, in…

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October 11, 2019 by WVCBP
Food for All Coalition Adopts 2020 Priorities

On a beautiful day yesterday in Summersville, West Virginia, over 100 people from across the state and beyond came together for the second annual Food For All coalition meeting. Participants briefly celebrated victories from 2019 and then got to work planning a bold vision to make Food for All a reality in West Virginia through…

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October 4, 2019 by WVCBP
Medicaid Block Grants are Just Cuts By Another Name

Earlier this year, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma and the Trump Administration began encouraging states to apply for "block grant" waivers for their Medicaid programs. These waivers would allow states to bypass federal standards and beneficiary protections in exchange for agreeing to caps on the federal Medicaid funding they receive.…

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September 27, 2019 by WVCBP
West Virginia’s Personal Income Growth Cause for Concern, Not Celebration

Earlier this year, Governor Justice, as well as the Chamber of Commerce celebrated the fact that West Virginia had the nation's highest personal income growth in country in the first quarter of 2019, using the single data point as proof that their preferred policies were growing the economy. In fact, the Chamber of Commerce went…

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September 26, 2019 by WVCBP
New Census Data: Poverty Rate Declines, Incomes Stay Flat in 2018

For Immediate Release Contact Sean O'Leary - (304) 400-8899 Charleston, WV - While West Virginia's poverty rate declined in 2018 it remains among the highest in the nation, according to Census data released today. An estimated 312,118 West Virginians lived in poverty in 2018, for a total poverty rate of 17.8 percent. While poverty had…

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September 20, 2019 by WVCBP
Protect SNAP Benefits in West Virginia

Please take a moment to comment on a proposed change to a key SNAP (food stamps) rule which, if implemented, would take away basic food assistance from an estimated 3.1 million people, mainly working families with children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. The SNAP proposal would take over $19 million annually out of our state…

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September 13, 2019 by WVCBP
Gains in Access to Health Care Appear Stalled

U.S. Census data out this week show gains in health care coverage in West Virginia since the passage of Obamacare have stalled. Despite the state's positive job growth in 2018, the was no reduction in the number of uninsured West Virginians. With an estimated 114,000 West Virginians without health coverage, it is imperative that policymakers…

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September 10, 2019 by WVCBP
Today’s Census Numbers Show Number of West Virginians Without Health Care Unchanged

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Sean O'Leary, 304-400-8899 (Charleston, WV) After an increase in the number of West Virginians without health insurance in 2017, the number was unchanged in 2018, further stalling the historic gains made under the Affordable Care Act, according to Census data released today. Today's data release shows that 114,000 West Virginians…

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September 6, 2019 by WVCBP
Setting Record Straight on West Virginia’s Job Growth Numbers

While West Virginia's economy is improving and some industries are growing, most of the growth it tied to temporary natural gas pipeline construction. In order to get a clear picture of West Virginia's jobs picture, it is imperative to use the employment data correctly and not to inflate numbers or link them to policies that…

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September 5, 2019 by WVCBP
Guest Post: Proposed SNAP Rule Will Harm our Families and Depress our Food Economy

Josh Lohnes, Food Policy Research Director for West Virginia University's Food Justice Lab, authored this guest blog post. The WVU Food Justice Lab is an experimental space for research and action focused on challenging food system inequalities. As part of their food security work, Dr. Lohnes and his team estimated the potential impacts in West Virginia…

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