Health

August 12, 2022 by Kelly Allen
Senate Climate Bill has West Virginia Written All Over It

AP, 95.5WSB - The sprawling economic package passed by the U.S. Senate this week has a certain West Virginia flavor. Read the full article. The package, passed with no Republican votes, could be read largely as an effort to help West Virginia look to the future without turning away entirely from its roots. The bill…

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August 2, 2022 by WVCBP
Marking 25th Anniversary, CHIP Advocates Call for Permanent Funding

Public News Service, Clay County Free Press - The federal health-insurance program for children helps keep more than 200,000 West Virginia children insured. Read the full article. Advocates said the Children's Health Insurance Program, which marks its 25th anniversary this week, is a lifeline for families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but do not…

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July 30, 2022 by WVCBP
The States With the Cheapest and Most Expensive Health Insurance

The Street - Enrollment in the federal health insurance marketplace reached a record high this year. The increase was likely due to increased premium tax credits for the coverage and extended eligibility that was part of the American Rescue Plan signed by President Joe Biden in 2021, according to the Urban Institute. Read the full…

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July 27, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
Public Hearing On Abortion Law Debate Highly Charged, Emotional

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - More than 100 people signed up to speak at a public hearing Wednesday on the abortion bill. Read the full article. With so many wanting to speak, each person was given 45 seconds. Several were escorted out of the chamber by police for running overtime. Several of the women who…

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June 25, 2022 by Kelly Allen
Abortion Restrictions and Bans Disproportionately Harm the Poor

Beckley Register-Herald - With Roe v. Wade overturned, abortion is likely to become even more restricted or altogether banned in West Virginia. Indeed, the fall of Roe will create a stark patchwork of abortion legality and access in states across the country. This will exacerbate scenarios wherein people with means will continue to have access…

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June 23, 2022 by Kelly Allen
Abortion Restrictions and Bans Disproportionately Harm Low-income West Virginians

With Roe v. Wade expected to be overturned in the coming weeks, abortion is likely to become even more restricted or altogether banned in West Virginia. Indeed, the fall of Roe will create a stark patchwork of abortion legality and access in states across the country. This will exacerbate scenarios wherein people with means will…

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June 10, 2022 by WVCBP
Hospitals Ask For Help With Rising Costs

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - As health care prices continue to rise, hospitals are feeling the squeeze. Read the full article. The West Virginia Hospital Association is urging state and federal policymakers to help hospitals by increasing the amount of money provided to patients through government insurance programs. Association President and CEO Jim Kaufman argued…

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May 25, 2022 by WVCBP
New Brief Highlights How Simplifying Medicaid Processes Can Increase Efficiency and Improve the User Experience

For Immediate Release: May 25, 2022 Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – Medicaid is a critical economic and health program in West Virginia, serving over 616,000 people, including children, seniors, low-income adults, pregnant and postpartum women, persons with disabilities, and more. Medicaid’s flexibility and reach has never been more clear than during the pandemic recession, when it provided…

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May 25, 2022 by Rhonda Rogombe
Simplifying Medicaid Processes Can Increase Efficiency and Improve the User Experience

Introduction Read the full issue brief. Medicaid is a critical economic and health program in West Virginia, serving over 616,000 people, including children, seniors, low-income adults, pregnant and postpartum women, persons with disabilities, and more. In addition to being the main source of health access for over one-third of the state’s population, Medicaid covers the…

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