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February 4, 2021
5:00 P.M.

Fairness for Rx Drug Consumers
Learn How West Virginia Can Address Unfair Rx Drug Price Increases

Webinar featuring National Experts

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Moderated by Delegate Matthew Rohrbach (R – Cabell, 17)

Speakers:

Barry Glassman (R), County Executive, Hartford County, Maryland. Executive Glassman was a key champion for Maryland’s Prescription Drug Affordability Board. The Board is charged with reviewing the rising cost of prescription drugs and making recommendations to the Maryland General Assembly on how they can be made more affordable.

Jane Horvath, founder of the Center for Drug Pricing at the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP). Ms. Horvath has held research positions with Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and MACPAC. Ms. Horvath spent ten years at Merck working on coverage and reimbursement policies in federal programs. She has worked for the Medicaid Directors, the US Senate Finance Committee, and was a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation (Health) at the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Sarah K. Emond, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). ICER publishes an annual list of Rx drug “Unsupported Price Increases.”
ICER’s 2020 report will focus on up to 13 prescription drugs that experienced the most significant price increase in the U.S. over a one-year period and had the most significant budget impact on the U.S. health system.

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Minorities, poor are squeezed out of COVID-19 response

By Ricardo Martin Oct 17, 2020

Several months ago, as president of the Charleston Branch of the NAACP, I sent a letter to Gov. Jim Justice, Senate President Carmichael, R-Jackson, and Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay. To date no response has been received. After weeks with no response, I hand delivered the letter to the statehouse, confirmed that the letter went from the Office of Constituent Services to the Governor’s Chief Legal Counsel, Brian Abraham. Still no response to the letter has been received.

In a subsequent letter, dated July 10, 12 organizations co-signed and submitted a letter to Gov. Justice, Senate President Carmichael and Speaker Hanshaw, in support of the requests outlined in my letter. The second letter did get a reply. The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA) responded on behalf of the governor’s office in a letter dated Aug. 7. Not only am I disappointed in not receiving a response to my letter, the letter of response from the HHOMA is beyond disappointing.

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WV’s Opioid Crisis Impacts Surge of Kids without Health Coverage

Tuesday 13th of October 2020
An estimated 13,000 kids in West Virginia didn't have health insurance in 2019, a number that likely has increased since the pandemic, a new report finds. (Adobe Stock)
An estimated 13,000 kids in West Virginia didn’t have health insurance in 2019, a number that likely has increased since the pandemic, a new report finds. (Adobe Stock)

October 12, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Even before the pandemic recession, West Virginia had seen a serious increase in the number of children without health insurance. Now, that number is expected to be even worse, according to a new report.

In 2019, an estimated 13,000 kids in the Mountain State went without health coverage, an almost 45% hike in three years, according to a Georgetown University Center for Children and Families report. Jessica Ice, executive director at West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare, said it’s one of the highest increases in the nation – and she’s concerned the lack of coverage will have long-term repercussions.
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West Virginia Doctors call on State AG Patrick Morrisey to stop attacking Health Act

WOAY News
By Tyler Barker

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – A group of doctors from across West Virginia are asking state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to withdraw the state’s support for the federal lawsuit seeking to throw out the Affordable Care Act which has extended and protected health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of West Virginians.

In a letter (included below) sent to Morrisey on September 14, more than 30 WV physicians say this lawsuit, if successful, would “do irreparable harm to the health care coverage of 200,000 West Virginians and to our state’s economy.”

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WV leaders seek more support in COVID-19 bill for struggling West Virginians

August 6, 2020

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Bloomberg file
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg file photo

Federal lawmakers could vote on a COVID-19 economic relief package as early as Wednesday, but West Virginia lawmakers and advocates for the poor and unemployed are concerned the bill still might be too little too late for people in the Mountain State.

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For West Virginia’s Hospitals, The Financial Crisis Came First

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads in rural America, two West Virginia communities are dealing with the loss of their local hospitals.By Mason Adams 04/13/2020 11:49 am ET Updated Apr 13, 2020

Photography by Roger May

As the coronavirus pandemic spread throughout March, two communities in West Virginia — a state whose health outcomes rank among the worst in the nation — grappled with the news that they were about to lose their hospitals.

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W.Va. Senate Passes Bill To Cap Insulin Copays At $100 Monthly

By EMILY ALLEN MAR 6, 2020

  • Sen. Mike Romano, D-Harrison, briefly spoke in support of the amended House Bill 4543 before it passed the Senate on, March 6, 2020.WILL PRICE / WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

A bill to cap insulin copays passed the West Virginia Senate Friday afternoon. 

House Bill 4543 would cap the copay on insulin, medication to help the body process sugar, at $100 per month. 

In February, the House of Delegates passed a bill that set the copay cap at $25. An amendment from the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee Tuesday increased the cap. The bill passed in the Senate 33 to 1.  

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The Youngest Children Are Falling Out of Health Insurance

STATELINE ARTICLE
February 19, 2020
By: Michael Ollove

Stateline Feb19
The number of kids under 6 without health insurance has climbed above 1 million for the first time since most of the Affordable Care Act was implemented in 2014. Child development experts emphasize the importance of health care in the earliest years as the foundation for healthy lives.

This story was updated Feb. 19 to clarify the significance of the decrease in uninsured young children in Minnesota and to include a comment from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

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Youngest children are falling out of health insurance

By Michael Ollove of Stateline.org
Posted Feb 22, 2020 at 7:31 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The first years of life play an outsize role in human health. They are foundational to the development of the brain and the cardiovascular, immune and metabolic systems. Early childhood is when medical interventions to correct problems in any of those areas are most likely to succeed.

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Health care costs continue to rise faster than wages, inflation

HUNTINGTON — Thomas Hart can’t remember the last time he got a pay raise, but he says his health care costs continue to rise every year.

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