Here are staffers Kelli Caseman and Doris Starcher-Selko, representing WVAHC at Georgetown University Center for Children and Families annual conference in DC.
 Recent Messages:
11/12/2018
Lot’s happening! Take a minute to checkout our latest newsletter!
November 2018 Newsletter

7/3/2018
Medicaid Summit
WVAHC and the Medicaid Coalition are proud to announce that we will once again be able to offer CEU credits for this year’s Summit.
WV Licensed Social Workers, WV Certified Addiction and Prevention Professionals and WV Licensed Professional Nurses may earn up to 6.5 contact hours for attending the entire Medicaid Summit. Attendance is required to earn full or partial CE hours. The continuing education sponsor for the 2018 Medicaid Summit is the National Association of Social Workers West Virginia Chapter, which is recognized by the WV Board of Social Work, the WV Certification Board for Addiction and Prevention Professionals, and the WV Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.  Don’t forget to register today!  Click here to register – Medicaid Matters for WV Summit

The summer is flying by!  Please take time to take a look at our newsletter and see what we’ve been up to!  June 2018 Newsletter


5/9/2018


4/27/2018
We are hiring!  West Virginians for Affordable Health Care has received funding to hire a Story Collection Coordinator. The Story Collection Coordinator is a full-time (40 hours a week), temporary grant-funded position working to collect, develop, and share Medicaid success stories as part of our West Virginians Together for Medicaid Campaign (WVTFM). The position with begin on May 1, 2018 and end April 30,2019The Coordinator is responsible for identifying individuals in the communities across West Virginia impacted by healthcare policy and assisting in dissemination of these experiences at events, in the media, to the public, and to our policy makers.   WVAHC is a consumer directed nonprofit health care advocacy organization located in Charleston, West Virginia however the Story Collection Coordinator does not need to be based in Charleston.  The successful applicant will need to travel frequently across the state.  Please share this job description with anyone who may be interested. Qualified candidates can send their resume to Chantal Fields, at Chantal@wvahc.org.

4/13/2018
Hello Friends!
Please take time and read our April newsletter!  We have many exciting upcoming events that we hope you can attend!  April Newsletter

4/6/2018:
 
4/5/2018:
Hello Friends…Thank you for joining the email list of the West Virginia Children’s Health Collaborative Project.  The Children’s Health Collaborative Project fosters partnership between professionals in the health care, school, and community setting who share the common goal to see every West Virginia child insured, linked to a doctor’s office or primary care provider, and receiving coordinated and continuous needed health and social services. You are one of those caring professionals, and we’re glad to have you aboard. Here’s an update on our surveying project. We’ve disseminated surveys to the following groups:·      Family Resource Network  Coordinators ·      School-based health center staff·      School nurses·      Superintendents·      WV Division of Early Care and Education·      Year of the Child Campaign Participants  So far, we’re pleased to report we’ve received 150 returned surveys –and we’re just getting started!  Over the next week, we will disseminate surveys to:·      Families Leading Change·      Pediatricians·      Principals·      School psychologists·      Social workers  We’ll keep you up-to-date with project updates every few weeks. Until then, you’re welcome to contact us with any ideas, thoughts, or recommendations you may have. Please send them to Kelli Caseman, Director of Child Health  at kelli@wvahc.org.  Thanks for your interest support of this project, and for all you do for West Virginia’s kids.  The West Virginia Children’s Health Collaborative a Project of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care
In the News:  Healthy Grandfamilies Program Offers Help to Granparents Raising Grandchildren-http://www.wowktv.com/news/local-news/healthy-grandfamilies-program-offers-help-to-grandparents-raising-grandchildren/1094629462
Department of Health and Human Resources Adds 48 CPS Positions-http://wvpublic.org/post/department-health-and-human-resources-adds-48-cps-positions#stream/0
Advocate: Children should take advantage of preventative health care-https://www.wvnews.com/theet/news/advocate-children-should-take-advantage-of-preventative-healthcare/article_029cb9fc-a355-57da-b7f2-269e4f96b69f.html

3/19/2018:  
Dear Friends,
We’re reaching out to you about potential cuts to SNAP. SNAP is being attacked on the state level by legislation that would impose harmful work requirements to those receiving food aide.   HB 4001 passed but there is still time for Governor Justice to veto this harmful bill.  His office is listening and counting the number of callers who are for and against HB4001.  Calling Governor Justice’s office takes less than a minute.  His number is 304-558-2000.  Here is a sample script for what to say when you call:  Hi, my name is _________. I am from _________.  I am concerned that HB 4001 will hurt our state’s rural populations. In these areas, there is limited access to jobs or infrastructure that provides transportation to get to volunteer activities and our state’s veterans, homeless, non-custodial parents, and those in recovery will go hungry. I urge you to please veto this bill.  Learn more at http://www.stopthesnapstigma.com 

3/8/2018:  
The Legislative Action Team for Children and Families includes over 20 of WV’s leading non-profits and organizations working for children and families.
LAST MINUTE ACTION ALERTS:
The 2018 Legislative Session concludes this Saturday, but we need your help to preserve vital nutrition programs for families in West Virginia.
Call Senate Health to OPPOSE HB 4001, expanded work requirements for SNAP / Food Stamps.
Call your Senators and ask them to protect Energy Express and Volunteer WV, which would be reorganized under HB 4006.
Thank you for speaking up throughout the Regular Session. Your voices are making a difference!
The Legislature has passed comprehensive legislation to help prevent the sexual abuse of children!
A deal was reached to end the teachers strike that included 5% raise for all state workers in addition to State Troopers, teachers, and service personnel.
You helped defeat HB4623 which would have made it harder for pregnant moms to get the care they need.
You helped defeat HB4390, which would have weakened standards for CPS and Adult Protective Service social workers.
We are now closely following two bills, HB 4001 and HB 4006 that could hinder food security for West Virginians.
HB 4001 makes changes to SNAP benefits that will take food off of tables for those who need it most.
HB 4006 eliminates the Department of Education and the Arts, which oversees the Energy Express Program and Volunteer WV. Energy Express feeds and helps provide care for thousands of WV children during summer break.
House Bill 4001 is scheduled to be on the Senate Health Committee Agenda TODAY at 1:00 p.m.
Step One:
Please contact members of the Senate Health Committee and ask them to OPPOSE HB4001. Struggling families need food on their table – not more bureaucracy that discourages them from saving for their future.

Step Two:
HB 4006 is on Second Reading in the State Senate this morning. This is the AMENDMENT stage. Please call your Senators and urge them to ensure that Energy Express and Volunteer WV are preserved.

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND

HB4001 would implement work requirements on SNAP recipients – regardless of whether there are jobs available. SNAP benefits average $3.90 per day. A Pilot Project in 9 counties showed that the mandate did not result in more people working – instead it lead to thousands of people losing their financial assistance and huge increase in use of Food Pantries in those counties.

HB4006 would eliminate the Department of Education and the Arts, which oversees numerous programs including the Center for Professional Development, which was created after the 1990 teachers strike. Education and the Arts also oversees Energy Express, Volunteer WV, Imagination Library, the state Early Childhood Advisory Council and many other programs. These programs and initiatives have a variety of federal and state funding sources. Lawmakers want to transition most of these programs to the WV Board of Education; HOWEVER it is unclear how all of the programs would be maintained.

TAKE ACTION
Please call your Senators and urge them to oppose HB 4001 and seek amendments to HB 4006 in order to preserve vital nutrition programs for struggling families. SNAP benefits for families and Energy Express both need our support for the families that need them to put food on their table.

This message is brought to you by the Legislative Action Team on Children & Families. https://teamwv.org/legislative-action-team/ The #1 Question: Is it Good for Kids?
2/27/2018:  WV FREE — Rally for Women’s Lives  — Saturday, March 3, 2018 — 3:00 p.m.  — West Virginia State Capitol, Charleston

 

It is time to stand up for  West Virginia women’s reproductive health and rights.  Join health and justice allies from across the state on the 105th anniversary of DC’s Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913, to let West Virginia legislators know that we will fight for women’s health. The threats to women are real in our state capitol. The West Virginia state legislature is currently debating bills that will end a West Virginia women’s right to control her own reproductive choices.  Our state legislators are d debating:  A bill to redefine health services to exclude abortion for women on Medicaid (House Bill 4012).  A bill to punish women found to be on drugs when they seek prenatal health care (House Bill 4623).  A resolution (Senate Joint Resolution 12) placing on the ballot in November an amendment to our West Virginia Constitution that states “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.”  State senators rejected any exceptions – even for victims of rape and incest, and pregnancies that would kill the mother.

2/19/2018:   February 28, 2018!  Year of the Child Day!  As you know, the “Year of the Child” campaign is a collaborative effort to address the unmet needs of kids affected by the opioid crisis. Our hope that that by working together, for at least one day, we can make these kids’ needs a priority for the Legislature.   Register here for Year of the Child:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-year-of-the-child-day-at-the-capitol-tickets-41958629390  PLEASE SHARE THIS LINK!  Without a critical mass, we won’t get their attention. Thank you, and we really hope to see you there!

2/12/2018:   You’re Invited – February 28th – Year of the Child!
Do you want to know  what we’ve been up to?  Well, here it is!  Our February 2018 Newsletter!  Just click the link and enjoy! 
WVAHC 2018 February Newsletter