More and more West Virginians have health insurance, thanks to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion.
According the U.S. Census Bureau, 108,000 West Virginians lacked health insurance in 2015, a decrease of 48,000 from 2014. With 94.0 percent of West Virginians now having health insurance, the state’s uninsured rate in 2015 was 6.0 percent, down from 8.6 percent in 2014, and 14.0 percent in 2013, before the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented.
What can policymakers do to help coalfield communities? The Reclaim Act, which would bring much-needed financial assistance and retraining, is currently stalled in Congress. The bill has bipartisan support and 27 resolutions have been passed by Appalachian communities calling for Congress to act. Here’s more from the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Speakers: John Engen, Mayor of Missoula, Montana
Steve Spratt, Manager of Florida Governmental Utility Authority
Rising water rates, lack of infrastructure investment and water quality problems led communities in Florida and Montana to replace failing private water systems with locally owned, public water systems. Hear about their experiences!
For more information, email Cathy Kunkel.
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