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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July 21, 2021 by WVCBP
New Report Highlights the Health and Economic Importance of Medicaid for WV, Provides Recommendations to Address Program’s Looming Fiscal Challenges

For Immediate Release: July 21, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – Medicaid is a federal and state health insurance program that helps low-income individuals and people with disabilities access affordable health care. Serving over 73 million people nationwide, the program provides a range of essential services that may otherwise be inaccessible to these individuals. Medicaid has been one…

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July 21, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
Medicaid in the Mountain State: A Health and Economic Necessity

Introduction West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) is the state’s largest agency with an essential mandate: protecting the health and well-being of our residents. In addition to leading the state’s public health infrastructure, the agency oversees health coverage for 584,000 residents and manages food assistance programs for 150,000 families and temporary cash…

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July 14, 2021 by WVCBP
Leading Anti-Hunger Organization Announces Nearly $2.5 Million Investment in 52 Partners across the U.S., Indian Country, and Israel

PRNewsWire - As the country begins to emerge from the pandemic, a leading anti-hunger organization is investing nearly $2.5 million in efforts in the United States and Israel to stem the tide in persistent food insecurity that was exacerbated by pandemic-related shutdowns. The newest round of partnership grants from MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger increases its five-year total giving through its Emerging…

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July 5, 2021 by Seth DiStefano
Lawmakers Focus on Hunger in West Virginia

West Virginia MetroNews - West Virginia has one of the highest percentages among states of households where there was sometimes or often not enough to eat during a week of trying to get by. Read the full article. That’s according to the most recent U.S. Census’s Household Pulse Survey, which showed that 11.8 percent of West…

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