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February 2, 2017 by Kat Stoll
Report: West Virginia to Lose Jobs, Funding Under ACA Repeal

Previous data shows that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act will more than double the number of uninsured people in West Virginia. Read. A new report by the Economic Policy Institute looks at a repeal's impact on employment. It estimates how the combination of tax cuts and spending cuts will affect employment across the…

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January 24, 2017 by Ted Boettner
Repealing the Affordable Care Act: Hurting Our Health and Our Economy

This West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report, Repealing the Affordable Care Act: Hurting Our Health and Our Economy, provides a detailed analysis of the human and economic impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in West Virginia. Read the full report. Repealing the ACA would have far-reaching effects throughout the Mountain State, including…

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December 16, 2016 by Kat Stoll
Defending Health Care in 2017: What’s at Stake for West Virginia

With a new president and Congress, the health care gains made throughout the last six years face their greatest threat yet. Congress has voted more than 60 times to roll back the historic progress that has been made to expand health coverage to millions of people in this country and to improve coverage for those…

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December 9, 2016 by Sean O'Leary
184,000 West Virginians Could Lose Coverage with Partial Repeal of Affordable Care Act

With the new Trump Administration's promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), Congress is now considering partial repeal through the budget reconciliation process, to avoid a filibuster. The repeal maybe phased in over time, but no replacement plan has been defined. The budget reconciliation process only allows changes to components…

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April 9, 2014 by Brandon Merritt
West Virginia’s Top Medicare Billers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the release of a bunch of Medicare data today, the biggest release in CMS history, in fact.  The data include information for nearly 900,000 distinct health care providers across the country who received over $77 billion in Medicare payments in 2012.  This is the second big…

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November 19, 2013 by Brandon Merritt
Expanding Health Coverage Will Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

The Affordable Care Act is expected to have a dramatic impact on access to health insurance in West Virginia. This will be especially true for racial and ethnic minorities. Even though the minority population in West Virginia is relatively small compared to other states, it is 50 percent more likely to lack health insurance than…

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November 19, 2013 by Brandon Merritt
Evidence Counts…But Apparently Not In Newspaper Editorials

The lead editorial that ran in the Charleston Daily Mail on Monday was...well, a bunch of malarkey. Or maybe it was hogwash. Either way, it was an inaccurate and misleading piece of partisan hackery (yes, I made that word up*) that was better suited for late-night talk radio and had no business being run in…

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November 14, 2013 by Brandon Merritt
Obamacare Is A Football Game That Hasn’t Kicked Off

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment figures released yesterday have apparently taken some people by surprise (which is a bit mystifying to me considering the absolute media saturation about the poorly functioning healthcare.gov website for weeks). Enrollment numbers were low across most of the country, they were very low in West Virginia as well---only 174…

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