December 15, 2022 by Rhonda Rogombe
Keeping West Virginia Kids and Families Covered

In West Virginia, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are critical health programs for low- and moderate-income families and kids. Before the pandemic, about four in nine children were covered through these programs, and this robust enrollment contributes to West Virginia covering 97 percent of kids with health coverage. Since the start of…

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August 13, 2020 by WVCBP
Recent Executive Orders Woefully Insufficient to Meet Pressing Needs

In executive orders issued on Saturday, August 8th, the President announced plans to address the eviction crisis, expired unemployment insurance benefits, student loan relief, and a payroll tax cut. President Trump's executive actions are far too meager, ineffective, and legally dubious to address the crisis that families in West Virginia and across the nation are…

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August 4, 2020 by WVCBP
Senate-Proposed HEALS Act Does Not Adequately Address West Virginia’s Needs

As the virus continues to spread, West Virginia is feeling the brunt of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. Unemployment, hunger, and housing insecurity levels have spiked, resulting in hardship for thousands of families. What's more, the state is on the brink of damaging layoffs and cuts to critical public services at the time they…

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August 6, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Medicaid Expansion Saves Lives in West Virginia

A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) finds that 435 lives were saved since West Virginia expanded Medicaid in 2014. The study compares death rates of the near-elderly – those between the ages of 55 and 64 – in states that have and have not expanded Medicaid and finds that in…

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February 26, 2019 by WVCBP
The High Cost of Mass Incarceration in West Virginia

Over the last 30 years, the number of West Virginians incarcerated has grown nearly five-fold despite a decline in the state’s population over this time. This steep rise is not due to rising crime rates in West Virginia, but the policy choices made by lawmakers to use imprisonment as a response to crime. Download PDF.

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August 19, 2016 by Ted Boettner,
Reforming Youth Incarceration in West Virginia

While the rest of the country is experiencing sharp declines in youth confined to correctional and residential facilities, West Virginia confines a higher share of its youth than almost any state in the nation. View PDF here.

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July 15, 2016 by WVCBP
How Legalizing Marijuana Could Impact West Virginia

Many states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical or recreational use, and several states have similar measures on their ballots in November 2016 election. Tara Holmes presented her findings at the July 2016 Lunch and Learn at the WV Covenant House on what legalizing marijuana could mean for West Virginia's budget, the corrections system…

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