Twenty years ago, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was enacted. It was created with bipartisan support by Congress and championed by West Virginia Senator, Jay Rockefeller.
Now, 20 years later, West Virginia’s kids face a myriad of new challenges– very different ones than the ones from previous generations. Poverty, health disparities, the opioid epidemic, sedentary lifestyles and physical inactivity, the massive growth in the fast food industry, “screen time” issues, virtual bullying– all of these have significantly changed the health care needs of children and adolescents.
To address these challenges, West Virginians for Affordable Health Care (WVAHC) planned the 2017 Kids’ Health Roundtable Series. We are grateful to the hosts, moderators and panelists who volunteered their time and expertise to answer these important questions, address these challenging issues, and recommend next steps to improve the lives of West Virginia’s kids.
The following reports are a summation of the discussions held at the roundtables held around the state from August-October, 2017.