Budget Beat

May 8, 2020 by WVCBP
COVID-19 Reforms in West Virginia are Reducing Incarceration but More Action Needed

It has been well demonstrated that jails and prisons are incubators and amplifiers of diseases and infections because of the tight quarters of correctional facilities. This makes combatting the Coronavirus through "social distancing" and other measures nearly impossible. To that end, West Virginia has taken some measures to slow the spread of the Coronavirus within…

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April 24, 2020 by WVCBP
60,000 West Virginians Have Likely Lost Health Coverage Over the Past Month

Much of the conversation on record job losses in West Virginia over the past five weeks has centered on our state's unemployment insurance system, and with good reason. According to Governor Justice and WorkForce WV, at least 130,000 residents have filed initial unemployment claims since school closures and stay-at-home orders began, and that figure does…

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April 17, 2020 by WVCBP
COVID-19 Shows Importance of Accurate Census Count

In mid-March, at the same time that schools and businesses across the state were being closed due to COVID-19, households also began receiving invitations in the mail to complete the 2020 Census. As one could imagine, the timing was not ideal. For families scrambling to find child care solutions, put food on the table, and…

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April 10, 2020 by WVCBP
What You Need to Know About Accessing the Safety Net During COVID-19

We are tracking policy changes and flexibilities that impact the ability of West Virginians to utilize the safety net during the COVID-19 crisis. Kelly and Seth's blog post highlights changes to Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps) and TANF, as well as additional flexibilities in state and federal law that West Virginia should utilize to improve access…

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April 3, 2020 by WVCBP
What Should the Next Steps Be in Our COVID-19 Response?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law last week, included many important provisions to help mitigate the sharp economic decline that millions are struggling with. But while the bill expanded unemployment insurance and provided financial assistance to families, individuals, state and local governments, and businesses, there is more that will…

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March 27, 2020 by WVCBP
Governor Signs Medicaid Dental Expansion and Insulin Co-Pay Bills!

We could all use a little good news right about now! And we are happy to report that this week Governor Justice signed legislation to expand Medicaid to include dental care for adult recipients and to cap insulin co-pays! SB 648 will provide dental coverage to over 300,000 Medicaid-enrolled adults over 21 years old. Investing money…

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March 20, 2020 by WVCBP
State Begins to Feel Impact of COVID-19

To our readers: This week's issue of Budget Beat focuses heavily on the subject consuming all of us right now. While we take our usual policy-driven approach to the Coronavirus in these articles, please know that we all are keeping you and your loved ones in our thoughts, and hope that you all stay safe and…

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March 13, 2020 by WVCBP
2020 Legislative Session Review

Good Health Policies that Made it Across the Finish Line I/DD Waiver Waitlist- SB 150, the FY 2021 budget bill, was finalized on the last day of the legislative session. The budget sets aside $19.8 million to clear the I/DD waiver waitlist to provide services to the 1,084 individuals currently on the waitlist. This victory…

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February 28, 2020 by WVCBP
Senate Tax Proposal Sees Bipartisan Defeat

Lots of action happened at the Capitol this week as we hit day 50, known as Crossover Day. Bills (other than the budget) must pass out of their originating chamber by day 50, otherwise they are dead for the year. Here's what we were watching this week: SJR 9 + SB 837 This week the…

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