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Deana Lucion: Don’t cut or cap Medicaid, a lifeline for so many

Charleston Gazette-Mail
By Deana Lucion
 I am 21 weeks pregnant and get prenatal care because of Medicaid, which provides health care to almost one-third of West Virginians. Now our senators and President Donald Trump, who I voted for, want to take away Medicaid even though they promised to protect it — and us.

The health care repeal passed by the House of Representatives will kick 14 million people off Medicaid. It also will change the way the program works, putting caps on federal funding, instead of paying for care according to how much we need and use.

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Protesters Rally Against GOP Health Care Bill at Capitol

13 May 2017 — Charleston Gazette Mail
 By Erin Beck, Staff writer

Sumer Cave’s mother lost the ability to speak before she died.

Her mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer of the mouth and esophagus when Cave was 14.

Cave, 21, spoke about her mother at an event held Friday afternoon in the lower rotunda of the state Capitol to protest the American Health Care Act.

About 30 people gathered in protest of the bill, currently being considered by the U.S. Senate. The American Health Care Act, proposed by Republican leaders, cuts an estimated $880 billion over 10 years from Medicaid, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and would end Medicaid expansion in West Virginia, which has brought health care to about 170,000 West Virginians. It also would eliminate the individual mandate to purchase health insurance, among numerous other controversial provisions. All three members of the U.S. House of Representatives from West Virginia already have voted in favor of the bill.

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ACA rally draws mothers on Medicaid to state capitol

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Women protesters urge Sen. Capito to vote against the American Health Care Act.
 By in News | May 12, 2017 at 4:07PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, West Virginia mothers and women are urging U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) to reject the American Health Care Act the U.S. House of Representatives passed last week.

The plan, which would replace the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare, is currently before the U.S. Senate.

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Sumer Cave tells her mother’s story during a rally at the state Capitol Friday. Read More »

Renate Pore: House GOP’s health bill bad for just about everyone

Charleston Gazette — 07 May 2017

By Renate Pore

Let me count the ways why the GOP health care bill passed by the House on May 4 is bad for Americans and West Virginians and may ultimately be really bad for Republicans.

The entire health care industry and all consumer advocacy organizations are against it. Doctors, hospitals, insurers all believe the bill is bad for their industry. Together, the health care industry makes up almost one-fifth of the American economy. That is some amount of clout.

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Latest GOP health bill called “financial disaster for West Virginia

by in WVMetroNews | May 03, 2017 at 12:29PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Advocates for West Virginia families and patients are calling on the Mountain State’s three U.S. House representatives to reject the latest version of the proposed American Health Care Act, the potential Affordable Care Act replacement.

“This is a draconian piece of legislation,” said Perry Bryant, president of West Virginians for Affordable Care Act in the Capital City Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Chantal Fields, executive director of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care; Stephen Smith, executive director of the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition and Perry Bryant, president of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care talked about the latest AHCA version. Read More »

Providers say GOP plan would be ‘devastating’ for addiction treatment

April 29, 2017
Erin Beck , Staff Writer

Alex Shelton, a recovering addict, works as a recovery coach at Prestera Center in the St. Albans-Jefferson area. He was able to get help for his addiction through Medicaid expansion.

Alex Shelton was that friend who shows up at your house in the middle of the night, barefoot, in the snow, and says “my car got ambushed.”
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The ACA is not safe yet

13 Apr 2017 — Charleston Gazette Mail

By Chantal Fields

Two weeks ago, America dodged a bullet. The health care repeal plan, which sold out seniors, children, families and hospitals in favor of tax cuts for the wealthy, was ultimately pulled from a vote at the very last minute.

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West Virginians’ health care at risk in Republican repeal




Two weeks ago, America dodged a bullet. The healthcare repeal plan, which sold out seniors, children, families and hospitals in favor of tax cuts for the wealthy, was ultimately pulled from a vote at the very last minute. This was a victory—but the fight is not over as reports from Washington show new headway being made by President Trump and GOP dissenters.

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Groups continue protest of health care plan










A crowd of around 15 local physicians, retired educators, social workers and health care lobbyists gathered Friday in front of the Beckley offices of Congressman Evan Jenkins and Sen. Shelly Moore-Capito to urge the lawmakers to vote down the American Health Care Act.

The rally was held just hours before the legislation was pulled by House of Representatives Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at the behest of President Donald Trump

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