News Releases

May 25, 2022 by WVCBP
New Brief Highlights How Simplifying Medicaid Processes Can Increase Efficiency and Improve the User Experience

For Immediate Release: May 25, 2022 Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – Medicaid is a critical economic and health program in West Virginia, serving over 616,000 people, including children, seniors, low-income adults, pregnant and postpartum women, persons with disabilities, and more. Medicaid’s flexibility and reach has never been more clear than during the pandemic recession, when it provided…

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February 23, 2022 by WVCBP
New Brief Examines WV’s Temporary Budget Surplus, FY 2023 Proposed Budget Allocations and Implications

For Immediate Release: February 23, 2022Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – For the second year in a row, Governor Jim Justice has proposed a “flat” budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, with only minor changes from the FY 2022 budget. While the state is currently enjoying large budget surpluses, those surpluses are the result of billions in federal…

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February 14, 2022 by WVCBP
New Brief Highlights Urgent Need for WV Lawmakers to Take Action to Preserve Critical SNAP Flexibilities

For Immediate Release: February 14, 2022Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – In May 2016, West Virginia implemented a pilot program that placed time limits on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for adults without children in the home (officially referred to as "abled-bodied adults without dependents" or "ABAWDs") across nine counties. Under these time limits, those affected were…

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February 10, 2022 by WVCBP
At No State Cost, Proposed Medicaid Buy-in Legislation Could Provide Stability to West Virginia Working Families

For Immediate Release: February 10, 2022Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – On Thursday February 10, Health Care for All WV, a statewide coalition of health advocacy organizations and individuals working to improve access to health care for West Virginians, held a press conference at the WV State Capitol Complex in support of HB 3001. The legislation, introduced by…

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February 9, 2022 by WVCBP
Health Advocacy Coalition HighlightsLegislation That Could AddressMedicaid “Benefits Cliff” at No State Cost

Media Advisory: February 9, 2022Contact: Renee Alves, 304-720-8682 Charleston, WV – On Thursday February 10, Health Care for All WV, a statewide coalition of health advocacy organizations and individuals working to improve access to health care for West Virginians, will hold a press conference at the WV State Capitol Complex in support of HB 3001. The legislation,…

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January 19, 2022 by WVCBP
WVCBP’s 9th Annual Budget Breakfast to Take Place this Friday, January 21

Media Advisory: January 19, 2022Contact: Renee Alves, 304-720-8682 Charleston, WV – As the 2022 legislative session gets underway, the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy would like to invite you to join us at our 9th annual Budget Breakfast, taking place this Friday, January 21 at 8:00am EST. Each year, the WVCBP holds this event to provide…

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January 11, 2022 by WVCBP
As Legislative Session Approaches, New Issue Brief Explores Community Supervision Reform as Means to Address WV Incarceration Crisis

For Immediate Release: January 11, 2022Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – West Virginia is a national outlier in regard to rising incarceration. From 2009 to 2019, West Virginia’s imprisonment rate grew 10 percent while the state imprisonment rate fell 16 percent nationally. This rapid growth in incarceration has continued unabated during the COVID-19 pandemic, exacerbating dangerous overcrowding…

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December 20, 2021 by WVCBP
West Virginians are Counting on Senator Manchin to Return to the Negotiating Table and Pass a Robust Social Infrastructure Package

For Immediate Release: December 20, 2021Contact: Kelly Allen, 304-612-4180 Charleston, WV – Senator Manchin’s announcement that he will not support the Build Back Better Act is a major blow to West Virginia’s families, workers, small businesses, and state economy. Failing to pass a social infrastructure package and an extension of the improved Child Tax Credit – including the…

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November 19, 2021 by WVCBP
House Passage of Build Back Better Act is Huge Step Forward to Improve West Virginians’ Lives

For Immediate Release: November 19, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – This morning, The US House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act. "This is a huge step forward to increasing opportunity, reducing poverty, and shrinking racial inequities for West Virginia children, families, and workers,” said Sean O'Leary, acting executive director. “If enacted, the Build…

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October 14, 2021 by WVCBP
Media Advisory: Child Tax Credit Roundtable Tomorrow, Oct. 15 at 10am

For Immediate Release: October 14, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 304-720-8682 Charleston, WV – The American Rescue Plan has been providing families with monthly installments of the Child Tax Credit since July, but the expanded program will expire on December 31 unless Congress acts to extend it. Families with children receive $300 for each child under age 6 and…

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