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February 18, 2020 by Kelly Allen
More Evidence that Medicaid Work Reporting Requirements are Illegal and Ineffective

Earlier this month, a federal appeals court affirmed the decision of a US District Judge striking down the legality of Medicaid work reporting requirements in Arkansas. This is an important new development on top of federal district courts halting these programs in Kentucky and New Hampshire. While the court decision only applies to the injunction…

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February 12, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Momentum for Paid Leave is Growing in West Virginia: A Breakdown of State-Level Proposals

Too often, West Virginians are forced to choose between financial/job security and taking care of themselves, a new child, or a seriously ill family member. Recognizing these problems, legislators have introduced three strong bills this session to provide paid family and medical leave (PFML). PFML policies help families achieve financial security, strengthen businesses and the public-sector,…

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February 6, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
2020 Legislative Session Hits Half-Way Mark

We are just over halfway through West Virginia’s 60-day legislative session, and there is plenty to talk about. Let’s dive right in. Tax and Budget 2020 has seen the perennial return to eliminate the Business Personal Property Tax on manufacturing, inventory, equipment and machinery. This is a critical source of revenue for our counties’ public…

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January 28, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
Manufacturing Property Tax Cut Takes Shape

While we knew that eliminating the business personal property tax was at the top of the legislative agenda, it was unclear how the tax cut would take shape. Now with the introduction of Senate Joint Resolution 8, the Manufacturing Growth Amendment, we can better understand its potential impact. As previous blog posts have shown, the…

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January 10, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
FY 2021 Budget First Look

The governor's proposed FY 2021 budget has officially been released, with very little in changes from the FY 2020 budget. With revenues stagnating, there is very little in new spending initiatives in the governor's proposed budget, while relying on some one-time budget maneuvers to avoid deep spending cuts. Overall, the proposed FY 2021 base budget…

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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 16, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
$400 Million Business Personal Property Tax Cut is Back on the Menu

With the 2020 legislative session looming, now is as good a time as any to check in on one of the legislature's favorite proposals, eliminating the business personal property tax. Once again, the elimination of the tax is at the top of legislative priorities. And with state revenues stalling and budget cuts likely, the nearly…

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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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