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Our neighbor state of Virginia looks to be finally ready to follow in the footsteps of West Virginia and expand Medicaid to more low-income adults without health insurance. Virginia's expansion will cover as many as 400,000 low-income people. West Virginia expanded Medicaid back in 2014. Virginia will become the 33rd state, along with Washington, DC, to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
The Senate voted today, May 30th, to approve a budget that will allow the Medicaid expansion. The House had already voted in favor of the expansion but will have to vote again before the bill can go to Governor Northam (D). The Governor supports the expansion and has made it a priority for his administration. Virginia will rely on provider taxes to fund the cost of the expansion.
Many of us in West Virginia are thrilled to see our neighbors in Virginia take this important step forward.
Nancy Tyler, health care consultant and West Virginians for Affordable Health Care board member, lays out the last year in health care in a new op/ed in the Charleston Gazette.
President Trump is promoting work requirements in the Medicaid program. In our blog on May 15th, we highlighted a couple of new resources that explain how a Medicaid work requirement could harm many West Virginians who rely on Medicaid. The Montana HELP-Link program provides an alternative to a mandatory work requirement that actually helps Medicaid enrollees receive the training and education that helps them move into jobs with decent wages that lift them out of poverty.
Mother’s Day made me think about how Medicaid is a critical source of health coverage for women. But coverage for many women in West Virginia – and across the country - is at risk due to recent actions by President Trump and his administration. A new federal Medicaid guidance for the first time allows states to take away Medicaid coverage from people who do not work a certain number of hours each week. This work requirement can be imposed on adult Medicaid enrollees up to age 65, and to many women who care for children or older family members at home. A new Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Policy Brief explains more, and a West Virginians for Affordable Health Care Frequently Asked Questions Fact Sheet provides insight into why a Medicaid work requirement is not necessary in our state and will result in more uninsured West Virginians.
Anna Jarvis, Mother’s Day creator and West Virginia native, was deeply involved in the health of her family and her own mother’s primary caregiver. Anna Jarvis established Mother’s Day to honor her mother, and to honor all women who daily advance the health and well-being of their families, neighbors, and communities.
Health insurance coverage is key to women’s access to health care, overall health, and economic stability. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of women across the country who did not have health insurance before are now able to get affordable, quality coverage through Medicaid.
In West Virginia, the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion implemented in 2014 gave tens of thousands more women the peace of mind knowing that they had insurance coverage and would be able to see a doctor for check-ups and health care.
West Virginians for Affordable Health released a Mother's Day Fact Sheet highlighting the ways Moms rely on Medicaid.
One of West Virginians Together for Medicaid's many great collaborating organizations, Protect Our Care, released a fact sheet detailing how Medicaid supports seniors and older Americans as part of our April Medicaid Awareness Month campaign.
Protect Our Care released a fact sheet this morning that explains how Medicaid supports people with disabilities, and how the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the program could harm people with disabilities.