Budget Beat

February 7, 2020 by WVCBP
Health Bills Moving Through Committees

Insulin Copay Caps HB 4543, a proposal to cap the costs of insulin for diabetic West Virginians on private insurance, passed through the House Banking and Insurance and the House Judiciary Committees this week and now goes to the full House! The caps are a positive step forward in addressing the rising costs of insulin…

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January 31, 2020 by WVCBP
Senate Introduces Bill to Expand Dental Coverage

The biggest news this week at the Capitol was the bipartisan introduction of Senate Bill 648 which would expand adult Medicaid coverage to include dental care. This policy would be a remarkable investment in West Virginia's people, both in the short and long term. Read more about why this is so important here. Thursday saw…

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January 24, 2020 by WVCBP
Positive Health Care Reforms On the Move at the Capitol

The second full week of the West Virginia Legislature saw several developments, some good, others not so much. The week started off with the Senate Judiciary Committee passing yet another Article V Constitutional Convention Resolution, SCR 4. Under the guise of instituting "Term Limits" on members of Congress, well-funded special interests seek to undermine our…

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January 17, 2020 by WVCBP
Who Pays? Rethinking West Virginia’s Tax System

To get a sense of a state's values, one often need look no further than its tax system. What a state spends its tax dollars on and how it acquires those tax dollars typically reveals a lot about the priorities of its people-what they care about and what they stand for. In theory, it's a…

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January 10, 2020 by WVCBP
Top Legislative Priority Would Take Resources from Schools and Counties

Legislative leadership appears poised to pass yet another round of corporate tax cuts that will hurt working families, our schools and colleges, and push more money out-of-state to large corporations. It doesn't have to be this way. Lawmakers could instead put their efforts toward investing in our communities, our health, our education, and the workers…

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December 20, 2019 by WVCBP
Early Bird Budget Breakfast Discount Expires 12/31!

The 2020 Budget Breakfast is right around the corner on January 15! The early bird discount expires on December 31. Register today to take advantage of the savings! Would you like to sponsor this year's event? Each sponsorship level comes with tickets. Learn more here. Our keynote speaker is Sian Mughan, assistant professor in the…

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December 13, 2019 by WVCBP
SNAP Rules To Reduce Food Benefits for Thousands of West Virginians

On December 4, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Trump Administration finalized their rule on SNAP time limit waivers. The rule restricts states' flexibility to waive SNAP's three-month time limit in areas with insufficient jobs and will take basic food assistance from 700,000 Americans including 10,100 West Virginians who struggle to find steady…

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December 9, 2019 by WVCBP
Trump Administration Issues SNAP Rule With Time Limits For Those Who Don’t Document Work Hours

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its final rule restricting states' ability to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to childless adults living in high-unemployment areas who are struggling to find a steady job. Here is the USDA's fact sheet on the rule. The final rule restricts states' ability to waive…

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November 22, 2019 by WVCBP
Another Proposed SNAP Rule Threatens Food Security for 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 15, 2019 by WV Center on Budget and Policy
Health Care Premiums Just Taxes By Another Name

While the United States is a low-tax country compared to most industrialized nations, for a majority of Americans it doesn't feel this way. That's largely because private health insurance companies receive a large portion of our income every month. If we sent our money to a publicly run health insurance plan (e.g., Medicare) instead, almost…

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