Posts by Kelly Allen

October 7, 2019 by Kelly Allen
West Virginia Aims to Aid 2020 Census Effort

Parkersburg News and Sentinel - A statewide public awareness campaign to ensure everyone is counted in the 2020 U.S. Census will launch 11 a.m. Monday at the Covenant House in Charleston. Read article. The CountMeInWV Coalition represents more than 20 community, professional, service and advocacy organizations in West Virginia and was created to reach the state’s…

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October 3, 2019 by Kelly Allen
WV Statewide Census Coalition Launches Awareness Campaign on Monday

For Immediate Release CountMeInWV Coalition: Jennifer Wells, 304.617.9591 WV Statewide Census Coalition Launches Awareness Campaign on Monday Charleston, WV - The 2020 United States Census is just around the corner, and a statewide coalition of community-based, professional, service and advocacy organizations is launching a grassroots campaign to ensure that every West Virginia is counted. The…

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October 2, 2019 by Kelly Allen
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 20, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: SNAP is Effective Anti-Poverty Program

Beckley Register-Herald - West Virginians often show our love through sharing food. Whether it’s a big pot of beans and cornbread on the stove when we show up to a relative’s house or a friend sharing her “world famous” pepperoni roll recipe, we show love by filling up bellies. Read op-ed. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance…

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August 25, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: Equality for Women? Close Income Gap

This week marks the 99th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment, granting women (though not black or native women, in many cases) the right to vote. Read this op-ed in the Beckley Register-Herald. This date has become known as Women’s Equality Day, but nearly a century later, women – and particularly women of…

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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
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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