September 15, 2020 by WVCBP
With New Data Showing Health Coverage Progress in West Virginia Stalled Even Prior to COVID-19 Crisis, WVCBP’s New Policy Brief Details How State Can Cover All Children

For Immediate Release: September 15, 2020 Contact: Sean O'Leary, 304-400-8899 Charleston, WV - The number of West Virginians without health insurance stayed the same in 2019, further stalling the historic gains made under the Affordable Care Act even before the COVID-19 economic and health crisis caused job and health insurance loss for tens of thousands of West Virginians.  Today's…

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September 15, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
A CHIP Buy-in Could Help West Virginia Achieve Universal Coverage for Kids

Introduction The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides low-cost health coverage to children in families that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid. CHIP is administered at the state level and is usually tied closely to state Medicaid programs. Each state program has its own rules about who qualifies for CHIP. Read the full policy…

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August 25, 2020 by Kelly Allen
West Virginians’ Health Care Threatened as ACA Lawsuit Reaches the Supreme Court

Despite the importance of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid expansion in providing health coverage in the midst of a pandemic, proponents of the lawsuit to dismantle the ACA, including Republican state Attorneys General and the Trump administration, march on. Oral arguments are scheduled for November 10 in front of the Supreme Court of…

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July 30, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Leverage Medicaid to Strengthen our Recovery

July 30 marks the 55th anniversary of Medicaid. Medicaid is a powerhouse state-federal partnership, providing health coverage to over 560,000 West Virginians, bringing over $3 billion in federal health care funding into our state each year, and supporting hospitals and health care jobs all over the state. While always essential, Medicaid is especially effective during…

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July 21, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Health Insurance during Coronavirus

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - What happens to someone's health insurance when they lose their job during the coronavirus pandemic, and what does it mean for their health care? We'll discuss these questions with Kelly Allen, Interim Executive Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. View the Facebook Live video here.

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July 15, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
The RECLAIM Act and Social Determinants of Health

Recently, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. The bill is a comprehensive infrastructure package that includes public money for broadband, water systems, renewable energy investments, and two critical components that would support well-paying jobs and the revitalization of coalfield communities across the country-- the RECLAIM Act and the reauthorization of the…

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July 15, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: Direct Dollars Towards Need

Beckley Register-Herald - Across our state, West Virginians are continuing to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis. Food insecurity is spiking, families are facing eviction from their homes because they can’t afford rent, parents are struggling to balance child care and work, and officials are scrambling to figure out how…

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June 25, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Republican Attorneys General, DOJ Submit Briefs in ‘Obamacare’ Lawsuit

WV MetroNews - Eighteen state attorneys general and the U.S. Department of Justice have filed their opening briefs in the legal challenge to former President Barack Obama’s health care law with the U.S. Supreme Court. Read full article here. The briefs filed Thursday argue the law is no longer constitutional because Congress zeroed out the individual mandate penalty for…

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