WVCBP in the News

October 30, 2020 by WVCBP
In West Virginia, Obamacare is About More than Public Health. It’s a Matter of Economic Stability.

Mountain State Spotlight - In West Virginia, public health and economics are especially intertwined. Read the full article. Since the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) was enacted in 2010, the law has funded treatment for substance use disorders, expanded black lung benefits and  provided health insurance to 20 million Americans who were previously…

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October 30, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Healthcare Advocates Offer Guidance in Navigating ACA Open Enrollment Period

WDTV - The Affordable Care Act open enrollment period begins November first. On Friday, healthcare advocates with WV Navigators, West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare and the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy held a conference over Google Hangouts to offer insight in how and why West Virginians should apply this year. Read the full…

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October 29, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
West Virginians Were Promised an Economic Revival. It Hasn’t Happened Yet.

Mountain State Spotlight - One year ago, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice promised business leaders that the state’s economy was on the verge of a boom. Continued growth in natural gas production was going to spark an industrial renaissance, bringing construction of a giant collection of spinoff factories. Read the full article. Speaking to the West…

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October 27, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
Despite Judge’s Ruling, West Virginia Won’t Immediately Distribute Stimulus Checks to Those Incarcerated

Mountain State Spotlight - Despite a federal judge’s ruling, West Virginia has no immediate plans to distribute federal stimulus checks to people incarcerated in the state’s jails and prisons. Read the full article. The federal government sent many Americans $1,200 checks earlier this year, through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. But for months, the…

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October 27, 2020 by WVCBP
Oil, Gas Push for Millions in Tax Cuts

Beckley Register-Herald - While West Virginians are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and trying to figure out if their kids can attend school, the oil and gas industry is working with the West Virginia State Tax Department to cut its property taxes by as much as $62 million per year. Last month, the state tax…

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October 20, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Organizations Share Concerns About ‘Obamacare’ Lawsuit Ahead of Oral Arguments

West Virginia MetroNews - With the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled to hear oral arguments next month regarding former President Barack Obama’s health care law, a group of West Virginia organizations on Tuesday shared their concerns about what overturning the law could mean for the state. Read the full article. The West Virginia Center on Budget…

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October 20, 2020 by Kelly Allen
200K Could Lose ACA Insurance

The Dominion Post, Insurance News Net - If the Affordable Care Act is overturned, nearly 200,000 West Virginians would lose their health care insurance and 16,000 jobs in the state would be lost. Read the full article. These are some of the statistics that came out of a Zoom meeting Tuesday held by the West…

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October 20, 2020 by WVCBP
17 West Virginia Non-profits Call on Governor Justice to Reallocate Remaining CARES Act Funding

WVVA - As part of federal COVID-relief legislation passed in March, West Virginia received $1.25 billion to address the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Read full article. As of October 19, there is still over $969 million remaining unspent with a December 30 deadline for utilizing the funds. Governor Justice’s current proposal would send…

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October 12, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
WV Childhood Well-Being Slightly on Decline Before COVID-19 Pandemic

Charleston Gazette-Mail - West Virginia children are faring better in some small ways, but as a whole the well-being of the state’s youth is on a minor decline, according to the 2020 KIDS COUNT data book. Read the full article. The national data book, released annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, uses 16 factors…

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