Posts by Kelly Allen

January 7, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Supporters, Opponents Fill Room for PSC Hearing on Two Proposed Longview Power Plants

Morgantown Dominion-Post - More than 75 people jammed the Monongalia County Commission chamber Monday evening for a public comment hearing on the proposed new Longview Power plants – one gas-fired, one solar. Read article. The vast majority were members of the North Central West Virginia Building and Construction Trades Council who turned out in force…

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January 7, 2020 by Kelly Allen, Ted Boettner
Adding Adult Dental Coverage to Medicaid Can Improve Health in West Virginia

Poor oral health is widespread in West Virginia. It significantly affects the employability of our workforce, contributes to higher emergency room utilization, and is often both an indicator of and a contributor to other chronic health conditions. According to a 2014 report, only 40 percent of West Virginians have dental insurance.[1] While Medicaid expansion has…

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January 6, 2020 by Kelly Allen
After Years of Cuts, West Virginia Can Clear the I/DD Waiver Waitlist and Invest in Home Health Workforce

Medicaid’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) provisions help ensure that Medicaid beneficiaries including people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, or mental illnesses, are able to receive services in home-based or community settings rather than in an institutional setting. These critical provisions of Medicaid help beneficiaries fully participate and live in their communities and…

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December 29, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: Health Care Under Threat as ACA Battle Continues

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Earlier this month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals released a long-awaited ruling on Texas v. United States, a court case regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). When the lawsuit was filed last year, it was roundly mocked as frivolous by legal experts on both sides of the political…

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December 18, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Federal Appeals Court Agrees Individual Mandate Unconstitutional, Leaves Rest of ‘Obamacare’ to Lower Court

West Virginia Metro News - A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down the individual mandate of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Read/listen. Judges, however, also punted questions about the rest of the law to a district judge who previously ruled “Obamacare” as unconstitutional. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ 2-1 ruling prolongs…

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December 12, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Young Children in West Virginia are Uninsured at Pre-ACA Rates

Between 2016 and 2018, over 1,500 West Virginia children under the age of six lost health coverage and became uninsured, representing a 69.8 percent increase in the uninsured rate among that population. Over the same period nationally, the uninsured rate increased by only 12.7 percent. West Virginia is one of only 11 states to see…

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December 5, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Lawmakers Can Improve Health and Financial Security for West Virginians by Capping Insulin Costs

Increasing affordability for prescription drugs has been a top concern for voters across the political spectrum, with skyrocketing insulin costs at the forefront of conversations. Nationally, the list prices of insulin tripled between 2002 and 2013. The average annual spending on insulin per type 1 diabetic doubled between 2012 and 2016. Source: Health Care Cost…

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November 19, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Another Proposed SNAP Rule Threatens Food Security for Tens of Thousands of West Virginia Families

Last month, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Trump Administration unveiled their third attack in a year on the nation’s nutrition safety net, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This latest proposal would essentially force families to choose between paying their utilities and putting food on the table. The proposed rule, which…

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November 5, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Though West Virginia Can’t Fully Mitigate Threats to the ACA, Lawmakers Should Take Steps to Protect Residents with Pre-Existing Conditions

If the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a lower court’s decision, the entirety of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could be invalidated (though it would almost assuredly go before the Supreme Court for a final decision before action is taken).  Twenty million Americans, including 162,000 West Virginians, stand to lose their health care coverage…

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