Posts by Kelly Allen

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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October 29, 2019 by Kelly Allen
West Virginia Consumers Pay the Price for State’s Failure to Silver Load

The Affordable Care Act has been an undeniable success in West Virginia, both in terms of insuring our residents and boosting our economy. Unfortunately, since 2017, our uninsured rate has increased and enrollment in the ACA marketplace has declined sharply. This is likely due to several factors, including reduced Medicaid participation and confusion over the…

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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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