Posts by Kelly Allen

August 14, 2019 by Kelly Allen, Sean O'Leary
Public Charge Rule Violates Our Values, Harms Our Families

On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Trump Administration finalized their public charge rule, which will allow immigration officials to deny green cards and citizenship to immigrants or would-be immigrants who are determined likely to receive even modest assistance from programs like SNAP and Medicaid at any point over their lifetimes. This…

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August 11, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Title X Care Essential to Rural Areas

No one should live without access to health care. But fulfilling that principle requires helping our population overcome many of obstacles in West Virginia, including our high poverty rate and our state’s rural landscape. Nineteen percent of our state’s population lives in poverty, the fourth-highest rate in the nation- and the poverty rates are even…

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August 9, 2019 by Kelly Allen
West Virginia’s Municipalities Have the Authority to Expand Worker Benefits

Everyone gets sick, but not everyone gets paid time off work to get better. Nearly half of West Virginia’s private sector workers, 46 percent, lacks paid sick leave, and people of color and low-income workers are the least likely to have access to this benefit. This means that those who have the most to lose by…

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August 3, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Justice Forms Census Committee After Urging

Parkersburg News and Sentinel, Martinsburg Journal, Wheeling Intelligencer - After a think tank raised concerns, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday the creation of a committee to ensure all West Virginians are counted for the 2020 U.S. Census. Read article. Justice, in a press release Friday, said preparations are underway for creating a Complete Count Committee to…

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July 12, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Wells, Allen: What Better Investment for Surplus than Census?

In under nine months, the decennial Census will begin, with a goal of enumerating, or counting, all who live in West Virginia. The Census determines how much political representation we get at the state and federal levels and how much federal investment comes to West Virginia for programs that fund highways, school lunches, health care,…

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June 24, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Indiana’s Medicaid Waiver Isn’t a Model for Other States

As state legislatures and officials around the country consider applying for Medicaid demonstration projects, or waivers, Indiana’s “Healthy Indiana Program 2.0” (HIP 2.0) is often touted as a more efficient way of delivering Medicaid services. But is it? When Indiana adopted the Medicaid expansion in 2015, it did so through a Section 1115 waiver which…

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April 15, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: Time to Re-Evaluate How People Are Taxed

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Just like voting, paying taxes is a civic duty and a shared expression of our representative democracy. Our taxes allow us to achieve together what any one of us would never be able to accomplish individually or through charity. Link to article. Inscribed above the entrance of the Internal Revenue Service building…

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April 3, 2019 by Kelly Allen
USDA Proposed SNAP Rule Would Harm Residents and the Economy

Click here to see our full comments on the USDA’s proposed rule. SNAP plays a critical role for food security in West Virginia, where 14.6 percent of the population is food insecure. In Fiscal Year 2017, SNAP reached 19 percent of the population, or 340,000 residents. Children who receive SNAP in early childhood see improved…

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