Health

January 19, 2022 by Kelly Allen, Rhonda Rogombe
Buy-in Policy Could Help Address Medicaid Cliff Effect

In December, West Virginia state lawmakers in the Joint Committee on Finance discussed the "cliff effect," a phenomenon wherein a small increase in household income makes an individual or family ineligible for public programs like Medicaid and food assistance. The result can often mean less economic security for the individual or family, as the cost…

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December 14, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
Life Can Be Tough for Kids in Many Anti-abortion States

CNN, Kake - Almost all of the states that produce the most unfavorable economic and health care outcomes for children are among those poised to ban or severely restrict access to abortion if the Supreme Court overturns the nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision. Read the full article. That pattern underscores the paradox that the states most…

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November 11, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
As Pandemic Persists, Open Enrollment Provides West Virginians Opportunity to Access Critical Health Care

The open enrollment period to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) started on November 1 and continues through January 15. This period allows individuals without existing health coverage to enroll in a private insurance plan or Medicaid – all in one place. As the nation continues to contend with the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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November 3, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
Build Back Better Would Increase Health Equity

The US House of Representatives recently introduced its version of the Build Back Better plan. Under the House plan, 7.6 million people across the country would gain health coverage. Furthermore, health care would become more accessible to millions of Americans via increased subsidies on the individual marketplace. This plan aims to make health care accessible…

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October 20, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
With Unvaccinated Accounting for 93% of WV COVID-19 Deaths, Dr. Marsh Reinforces Need for Shots

Charleston Gazette-Mail - West Virginia’s COVID-19 death toll reached 4,219 Wednesday, including 2,878 deaths of unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals since vaccines became available, a point state coronavirus czar Dr. Clay Marsh drove home during the state COVID-19 briefing. Read the full article. Since COVID-19 vaccines became available last December, the virus has killed 3,102…

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October 5, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
Continuity of Care for West Virginia’s Medicaid Enrollees Must be Prioritized When Pandemic-Initiated Protections End

Medicaid enrollment has increased, both nationally and in West Virginia, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent data show enrollment increased in the Mountain State from its pre-pandemic baseline of 489,000 individuals in February 2020 to 587,000 people in June 2021. The reasons for this are twofold: first, unprecedented pandemic-related job losses, which peaked at nearly 16…

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September 13, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
Increasing Vaccination Rates Requires Addressing Accessibility Challenges for Vulnerable Populations

Every one of us is responsible for doing what we can to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. Several critical strategies reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19, as well as its variants. These include wearing masks, social distancing, and – most recently and notably – getting vaccinated against the infection.  Despite clear evidence supporting…

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August 25, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
Four Priorities for ARPA Funds

As the federal government continues to disperse emergency funds across the country, West Virginia lawmakers and advocates alike must focus on how the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) can further the state’s health, workforce, and economic recovery. ARPA was signed into law in March 2021. Amongst other provisions, the legislation includes expansions to food assistance, housing support, unemployment benefits, tax credits for working families, and…

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August 9, 2021 by Kelly Allen
The Importance of Paid Family and Medical Leave in West Virginia

WOWK13 - On Inside West Virginia Politics, Kelly Allen, the Executive Direct of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, talks about the importance of Paid Family and Medical Leave being considered in Congress. Watch the full segment. According to Allen, 1 in 5 people have paid medical leave with a higher-paying job. With…

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August 3, 2021 by WVCBP
New Report Explores Lessons Learned from the Pandemic, Outlines Blueprint for Economic Recovery

For Immediate Release: August 3, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – West Virginia faces a pivotal moment as we begin to emerge and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession. While the pandemic brought many of its own unique challenges, an important takeaway that was highlighted during COVID-19 was that there are also longstanding, structural challenges to the…

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