Health

February 18, 2020 by Kelly Allen
More Evidence that Medicaid Work Reporting Requirements are Illegal and Ineffective

Earlier this month, a federal appeals court affirmed the decision of a US District Judge striking down the legality of Medicaid work reporting requirements in Arkansas. This is an important new development on top of federal district courts halting these programs in Kentucky and New Hampshire. While the court decision only applies to the injunction…

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February 12, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Momentum for Paid Leave is Growing in West Virginia: A Breakdown of State-Level Proposals

Too often, West Virginians are forced to choose between financial/job security and taking care of themselves, a new child, or a seriously ill family member. Recognizing these problems, legislators have introduced three strong bills this session to provide paid family and medical leave (PFML). PFML policies help families achieve financial security, strengthen businesses and the public-sector,…

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February 6, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
2020 Legislative Session Hits Half-Way Mark

We are just over halfway through West Virginia’s 60-day legislative session, and there is plenty to talk about. Let’s dive right in. Tax and Budget 2020 has seen the perennial return to eliminate the Business Personal Property Tax on manufacturing, inventory, equipment and machinery. This is a critical source of revenue for our counties’ public…

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January 7, 2020 by Kelly Allen, Ted Boettner
Adding Adult Dental Coverage to Medicaid Can Improve Health in West Virginia

Poor oral health is widespread in West Virginia. It significantly affects the employability of our workforce, contributes to higher emergency room utilization, and is often both an indicator of and a contributor to other chronic health conditions. According to a 2014 report, only 40 percent of West Virginians have dental insurance.[1] While Medicaid expansion has…

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January 6, 2020 by Kelly Allen
After Years of Cuts, West Virginia Can Clear the I/DD Waiver Waitlist and Invest in Home Health Workforce

Medicaid’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) provisions help ensure that Medicaid beneficiaries including people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, or mental illnesses, are able to receive services in home-based or community settings rather than in an institutional setting. These critical provisions of Medicaid help beneficiaries fully participate and live in their communities and…

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December 29, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: Health Care Under Threat as ACA Battle Continues

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Earlier this month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals released a long-awaited ruling on Texas v. United States, a court case regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). When the lawsuit was filed last year, it was roundly mocked as frivolous by legal experts on both sides of the political…

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December 12, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Young Children in West Virginia are Uninsured at Pre-ACA Rates

Between 2016 and 2018, over 1,500 West Virginia children under the age of six lost health coverage and became uninsured, representing a 69.8 percent increase in the uninsured rate among that population. Over the same period nationally, the uninsured rate increased by only 12.7 percent. West Virginia is one of only 11 states to see…

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December 5, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Lawmakers Can Improve Health and Financial Security for West Virginians by Capping Insulin Costs

Increasing affordability for prescription drugs has been a top concern for voters across the political spectrum, with skyrocketing insulin costs at the forefront of conversations. Nationally, the list prices of insulin tripled between 2002 and 2013. The average annual spending on insulin per type 1 diabetic doubled between 2012 and 2016. Source: Health Care Cost…

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November 8, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Ted Boettner: Health Care Premiums Just Taxes by Another Name

Charleston Gazette-Mail - 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)…

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November 5, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Though West Virginia Can’t Fully Mitigate Threats to the ACA, Lawmakers Should Take Steps to Protect Residents with Pre-Existing Conditions

If the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a lower court’s decision, the entirety of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could be invalidated (though it would almost assuredly go before the Supreme Court for a final decision before action is taken).  Twenty million Americans, including 162,000 West Virginians, stand to lose their health care coverage…

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