June 2, 2020 by WVCBP
In Solidarity for Racial Justice

Dear friends, Like all of you, our staff and board at the WV Center on Budget and Policy have been horrified by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black men and women. These events, occurring against the backdrop of a pandemic that disproportionately impacts Black people and other communities…

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January 9, 2018 by Sean O'Leary
Denying Health Coverage Will Not Boost Employment

Previous blog posts have covered West Virginia’s proposal to modify its Medicaid program through a request to the federal government to waive certain requirements of the law, known as a 1115 waiver. As the posts explained, the proposed 1115 waiver would result in decreased access to health care with fewer West Virginians covered, ultimately harming…

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June 25, 2015 by Sean O'Leary
Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies for 25,000 West Virginians

The Supreme Court upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act today, protecting subsidies that make health insurance affordable for millions of Americans, and tens of thousands of West Virginians.In a 6-3 ruling, the Court found that premium subsidies should be available both in states that have set up their own health insurance exchanges, and…

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March 2, 2015 by Ted Boettner
Let’s Not Go Backwards on Paying Social Workers

Last week, the State Senate passed a bill (SB 559) that would except DHHR social workers from the requirement to be licensed by the West Virginia Board of Social Work. According to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, this bill aims to get more people to apply for positions within Child Protective…

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September 19, 2014 by Erin Snyder
Gambling With Children’s Health

The health of of close to 25,000 children in West Virginia is at risk if Congress does not chose to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). As  Senator Jay Rockefeller mentioned in today's Charleston Gazette, defunding CHIP could hurt not only children's health but making it harder for families to make ends meet. CHIP is a…

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June 19, 2014 by Brandon Merritt
West Virginia Teens: Continuing High Rate of Tobacco Use, Other Unhealthy Behaviors

Last week, the CDC released new data from its biennial Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS).  The YRBSS surveys thousands of middle and high school aged youth across the country, questioning them about a number of health and behavioral risk factors, everything from diet to alcohol use to sexual activity.  The survey is large enough…

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May 9, 2014 by Brandon Merritt
Like It or Not, Obamacare is Working

Obamacare, like it or not, seems to be working. While some headlines this week showed that the popularity of Obamacare continues to slide, recent surveys are finding the percentage of uninsured people across the country is at historic lows. (Oddly, popularity of the Affordable Care Act, which we all know -- should  know, at least -- …

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April 25, 2014 by Alyson Clements
West Virginia Needs a Healthy Workforce – Paid Sick Days Can Help

West Virginia is one of the least healthy states in the country. With the implementation of the ACA, roughly 270,000 more West Virginians have access to medical care. This increase in health care services is a huge step toward a healthy state, but access to medical care is only one piece of the puzzle. Every day…

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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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April 4, 2014 by Brandon Merritt
Hopping Over The Affordable Care Act

While I appreciated reading a column this week by Hoppy Kercheval about the ACA, I was disappointed to see him recycle the same arguments that have been disproved for months now. Hoppy's biggest concern is how we're going to pay for Medicaid expansion in the future. He points out that the actuarial estimates showed that…

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