Elevating the Medicaid Enrollment Experience (EMEE) is a project executed by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy seeking to promote policies and practices to help West Virginians access Medicaid. This project aims to investigate potential barriers in the application and enrollment process to help ensure equitable access. The West Virginia EMEE project is part of a larger project hosted across several states by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). This project hopes to work alongside existing networks and coalitions to allow localized experiences to generate policy discussions within each respective state. Click here to learn more about CBPP and the national EMEE project, including reports, recorded webinars, and more.
Within the West Virginia EMEE project is EMEE Voices, which centers around uplifting lived experiences to inform barriers specific to West Virginia. In partnership with West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, EMEE Voices will collect stories to inform which Medicaid barriers are most pertinent to West Virginians, specifically people of color. Existing data asserts that structural barriers and stigma impact Black and brown West Virginians’ interactions with the Medicaid program. However, more precise investigation is necessary for specifying these disparities and transforming them into meaningful policy choices. Overall, this project will synthesize quantitative data with the stories we collect to provide a holistic understanding of Medicaid barriers. Addressing the obstacles West Virginians of color face will improve Medicaid for all West Virginians, contributing to a healthier state.
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