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Medicaid awareness meeting planned for tonight

WTAP 6 – Changes to medicaid program Posted: Mon 11:36 AM, Sep 23, 2019  | Updated: Mon 11:37 AM, Sep 23, 2019

PARKERSBURG, W,Va.-(WTAP) On Monday, Sept. 23rd at 6:30 pm., the League of Women Voters will provide an awareness program on changes to Medicaid that are on the horizon. Anyone affected directly or indirectly should attend. The event will be held at the Summer Auditorium at the main branch of the Wood County Public Library on Emerson Avenue in Parkersburg.

Lisa Diehl, Northern Regional Coordinator for West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, an organization whose goals include preserving, protecting, and improving Medicaid and the Medicaid expansion, will be the guest speaker for the public and sponsored by the League of Women voter.

West Virginia was one of the states that opted to expand Medicaid when the Affordable Care Act was adopted in 2010 and provides health care and long-term care for more than half a million West Virginians (more than 29% in 2017). Miss Diehl will talk about changes to the program since then and proposed changes under the current administration.

Ms. Diehl began work with WVAHC in 2010. She has been an advocate and community organizer for over 30 years. Prior to coming to WVAHC Lisa worked at WV Citizen Action working and advocating for passage of the ACA in Congress. She is on the board of the Good News Mountaineer Garage, and co-founder and board member of WV Women Work.

The meeting is open to the public.