Health

September 16, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Paying for Medicare for All

On September 16, 2019 Executive Director Ted Boettner presented to a coalition on how to pay for Medicaid for All. The presentation explored several studies on the financing and distributional impact of Medicare for All proposals. View presentation.

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August 9, 2019 by Kelly Allen
West Virginia’s Municipalities Have the Authority to Expand Worker Benefits

Everyone gets sick, but not everyone gets paid time off work to get better. Nearly half of West Virginia’s private sector workers, 46 percent, lacks paid sick leave, and people of color and low-income workers are the least likely to have access to this benefit. This means that those who have the most to lose by…

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August 6, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Medicaid Expansion Has Saved 435 Lives in West Virginia

A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) finds that 435 lives were saved since West Virginia expanded Medicaid in 2014. The study compares death rates of the near-elderly - those between the ages of 55 and 64 - in states that have and have not expanded Medicaid and finds that in…

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July 31, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Medicaid Work Reporting Requirements Will Cause Significant Harm in West Virginia

Proposals to force people who do not report a set number of hours worked per month would cause thousands of West Virginians to lose their Medicaid health coverage. The vast majority would become uninsured. This would lead to poorer health outcomes, more financial insecurity for low-income people, and reduced revenues for hospitals while raising health…

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July 17, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Impact of Medicaid Work Reporting Requirements by County in West Virginia

This past legislative session, the House introduced House Bill 3136 that directed the WV DHHR to apply for a Section 1115 waiver to implement Medicaid work reporting requirements on all non-elderly adults in enrolled in the program. If enacted, and approved from the federal government (CMS), it would force thousands of people who do not…

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June 24, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Indiana’s Medicaid Waiver Isn’t a Model for Other States

As state legislatures and officials around the country consider applying for Medicaid demonstration projects, or waivers, Indiana’s “Healthy Indiana Program 2.0” (HIP 2.0) is often touted as a more efficient way of delivering Medicaid services. But is it? When Indiana adopted the Medicaid expansion in 2015, it did so through a Section 1115 waiver which…

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June 5, 2019 by Jessie Ice
Medicaid Buy-in Could Be an Option for West Virginia

Though the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 dramatically reduced the number of uninsured people in the United States in the immediate years following implementation, many states (including West Virginia) have been experiencing a turnaround. West Virginia especially experienced a historic decrease in the number of uninsured citizens. Now, nine years after…

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