2017 Media Clips
The ACA is not safe yet
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.
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.
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
ACA Repeal Would Undo Progress on Drug Scourge
By Sam Hickman
The nation is facing an opioid addiction crisis that is devastating families from all economic classes. Congress has taken steps to address the epidemic: The Republican majority was important in this effort, supporting the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and 21st Century Cures, and supporting new appropriations for prevention, treatment, and recovery. Now, this same Republican majority is attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act – taking away one of the key tools in our nation’s fight against opioid addiction.
GOP’s Health Bill Spurs Anxiety
3/8/2017 12:00:00 AM
By Erin Beck
Opponents say measure would hurt W.Va.’s poor
A day after U.S. House GOP leaders unveiled a long-awaited plan to replace the Affordable Care Act and U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., came out in opposition to the bill over concerns for the Medicaid-covered population, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group also came out against it, based on concerns for low-income West Virginians.
Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., was the only member of the West Virginia congressional delegation to send answers to questions Tuesday.
One of the key proponents of the ACA was expansion of Medicaid to millions of low-income Americans. About 170,000 West Virginians are enrolled as a result of Medicaid expansion, according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources.
Three Groups Denounce Obamacare Replacement Bill
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Following Monday’s release of the Republican health care plan, members of three organizations say the bill would harm West Virginians and reverse the successes of President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Repeal Would Be Bad For WV Economy
The smoke is clearing – that is, the smoke of comforting false promises that replacing the Affordable Care Act will be “fabulous” and “everybody will be covered” and there will be “no exclusions for pre-existing conditions.”
Recently released Republican plans allow us to begin to assess the damage that repealing the ACA and passing “Trumpcare” will do to West Virginia. Read More »
Keep Commitment to Children’s Health
By Sharon Carte
Dear Governor Justice: Two points of hope in your inaugural address stood out for me. First, your commitment to continuing to coach a kids’ basketball team while governor reflects your larger commitment to the health and well-being of our children. Second, your desire for our state to be in the top – not last – ranks of measures and achievements.
Both make me hope you could focus on West Virginia’s children’s health coverage, which is a foundation for their health and well-being. Read More »
Protect WV in ACA Overhaul
As President Donald Trump and Congress grapple with fixing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), West Virginians for Affordable Health Care has developed a set of principles with which we will measure different proposals advanced by Trump or members of the Congress. WVAHC believes the seven principles outlined below are ideas most West Virginians support. WVAHC hopes our entire federal delegation will embrace these principles and will diligently work to ensure their adoption. Read More »