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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June 22, 2021 by WVCBP
Rutherford County Reported the 12th Largest Population Growth in the U.S.

WGSN Radio - 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 big…

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June 15, 2021 by Kelly Allen
A Broad and Equitable Economic Recovery Requires Prioritizing Paid Leave

The last time a permanent national policy was passed to address the need for family and medical leave was 28 years ago. In 1993, Congress passed the Family Medical Leave Act, which provided some private sector employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the arrival of a child, time off for one’s…

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June 8, 2021 by WVCBP
Retired DEA Official Says Distributors were Put on Alert over Practices Years Before Opioid Crisis

Huntington Herald-Dispatch - A retired high-ranking official for the Drug Enforcement Administration testified in Charleston on Monday that distributors accused of fueling the region’s opioid crisis were on alert they needed to rein in their distribution practices as early as 2005. Read the full article. The distributors responded by bombarding the DEA with reports of…

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