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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July 28, 2021 by Kelly Allen, Rhonda Rogombe
Dental Benefit Already Making a Significant Impact in West Virginia

At the beginning of this year, West Virginia began offering a dental benefit for adults over the age of 21 who are enrolled in West Virginia Medicaid. This was a result of SB 648, a piece of legislation passed in 2020 which the WVCBP, the West Virginia Oral Health Coalition, and many partners and community members advocated on…

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July 26, 2021 by WVCBP
US Suffers Population Decline, So Does California & Illinois

Big Sky Business Journal - For the first time ever, California posted a population decline in 2020, and the United States as a whole didn’t fare much better. Its growth has decelerated to 0.35% year-over-year, the slowest growth rate since the Great Depression. Read the full article. Population experts blame the slowing growth rate on three…

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July 26, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
Report: A Third Of West Virginians Use Medicaid

West Virginia Public Broadcasting, News Break - West Virginia has a much higher rate of Medicaid enrollment than most states. That’s due to high numbers of low-income households, Medicaid expansion, and now the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to the full segment. The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy released a report on just how many people use Medicaid…

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July 26, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
Potential Problems For Medicaid In Post-Pandemic World This West Virginia Morning

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - On this West Virginia Morning, West Virginia has a much higher rate of Medicaid enrollment than most states. That’s due to high numbers of low-income households, Medicaid expansion and now the COVID-19 pandemic. We have a conversation about potential budget issues Medicaid may face down the road. Listen to the full…

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July 22, 2021 by WVCBP
Child Tax Credit Helping WV Families Pay for Transportation, Food

Public News Service - An estimated 346,000 West Virginia children, 93% of all kids in the state, live in households that likely received their first Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments last week. Read the full article. Stormy Johnson, with the Preston County Board of Education and a mother of three children, said the extra cash provided by…

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