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Advocate: Children should take advantage of preventative healthcare

The issue brief, published by West Virginia Kids Count in partnership with West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, showed nearly 98 percent of West Virginia children were covered by health insurance in 2016, compared to 95.5 percent in 2015 and 90.7 percent in 2008.

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Don’t Cut Back on Programs Vital to West Virginians

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MAR 11, 2018
Chantal Fields

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Year of the Child’ aims to focus on effect of opioid crisis

March 01, 2018 03:46 PM – – CHARLESTON, W.VA.

Campaign kicks off to highlight children affected by opioid epidemic

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  •  Wendy Holdren Register-Herald Reporter
  • March 1, 2018

Bill that would alter public assistance benefits heads to House floor

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Jean Simpson, who retired from work at Manna Meal, speaks against a bill during a public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Almost everyone who spoke at a public hearing about a bill about eligibility and fraud requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other public benefits came out against the proposed changes.

Hours later, the House Judiciary Committee passed the bill. It now goes to the House floor.

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WVU study: Medicaid cuts would have deep impact on West Virginia’s economy

WVU Today
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
WVU's Bureau of Business and Economics Research director John Deskins.
WVU’s Bureau of Business and Economics Research director John Deskins said that state cuts to programs that Medicaid funds will take money out of the state’s economy.

Cutting Medicaid in West Virginia would have substantial economic impact on the state’s economy, according to a study released today by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research in West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics.

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Kelli Caseman, Candace Hamilton: Just do it, Congress. Pass CHIP

Charleston Gazette
November 23, 2017
Kelli Caseman

Here we are, close to the two-month mark since the authorization for the Children’s Health Insurance Program expired. We’re surprised and ashamed that Congress has let it come to this.

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West Virginians for Affordable Care Statement on Senate Attempt to Repeal Individual Mandate

West Virginians for Affordable Care Statement on Senate Attempt to Repeal Individual Mandate

From Executive Director Chantal Fields

2017.11.15

CHARLESTON, WV – “News from the U.S. Senate should have every West Virginian concerned about the future of their health care. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has previously reports this provision would cost 13 million people their health care with 4 million people losing employer-sponsored health care. Repealing the individual mandate will leave thousands of West Virginians without health care, raise the health care costs of all people and destabilize the already volatile health insurance market. West Virginians can not afford increased premiums or fewer health care choices.”

Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act Marketplace begins Wednesday

 

October 30, 2017

 CLARKSBURG — After a contentious year among politicians about the Affordable Care Act’s future, open enrollment for Marketplace health insurance plans begins Wednesday and ends Dec. 15 with increased premiums.

Many challenges, but hope for state’s foster care system

Simon F. Haeder

Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting a roundtable that was part of a series of four hosted by West Virginians for Affordable Health Care and was co-hosted by the West Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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