My friends and I hate to admit it – we believe that a person is only as old as they feel – but judging by our birthdays we all qualify as elders. Elders sounds so much more dignified than “old” right?Read more
Someone you know will be helped by Build Back Better
By Kathleen Stoll
Oct 2, 2021
I understand that no one wants to read an op-ed that is just a bunch of bulleted facts. Message gurus tell us that we need to use stories to trigger activity in the parts of our brain that stimulate empathy.Read more
I believe in democracy and that elected officials are beholden to their constituents. When I am really excited about something going on in Congress, I let my federal representatives know where I stand. My momma taught me that educated engagement is real patriotism.Read more
Stop the insanity! As the pandemic surged, elected officials prevented economic crisis and human suffering. Now, many emergency actions will expire. Sadly, too many West Virginia families and children are caught between partisan economic policies and their well-being. These same officials need to act now.
*Beth is a disability rights advocate who formerly served West Virginia as a 911 emergency dispatcher for 28 years. She agreed to speak with us on what would have been her daughter *Amy’s 41st birthday. Beth also requested that we share her story anonymously. Her name, and the names of her daughter and son-in-law have all been changed to protect their privacy.Read more
I started to draft a blog with a bunch of statistics about how critical Medicaid is to West Virginia. Chances are that if you are reading this West Virginians for Affordable Health Care blog, you are familiar with a least some of these stats already.
So Far So Good: Update on Congressional Action The bipartisan “hard” infrastructure investment package:
This week it may seem like we saw a setback in the Senate when the vote to move the federal infrastructure package failed. This is the package of legislation that is moving through Congress to provide funding for “hard” infrastructure – think roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, energy advancements, broadband investments for rural areas, etc. But the failed vote really wasn’t a defeat at all. Let me explain.
This week, West Virginians for Affordable Health Care will be calling our family, friends, and neighbors to ask them to help us send an important message to Senator Manchin: please support fair share taxes for big corporations and billionaires so that our nation can invest in programs that help working families.
Over the summer, the U.S. Congress will be debating the provisions of President Biden’s proposed American Families Plan (AFP). Ultimately, the passage of all or part of the American Families Plan will happen through the federal budget resolution and reconciliation process.Read more
Today, we share the story of Donna and Todd from Kearneysville, West Virginia. Every story helps us show policy-makers how important Medicaid is to our families, and that is key to fighting to keep and improve Medicaid in West Virginia.
Do you have a Medicaid story to share? Connect with our storyteller, Mariah Plante, to arrange a time to talk about your experiences and how your story can become a powerful advocacy tool.
Donna and Todd
Berkeley County, West Virginia
I would like to introduce myself. I am Stephanie, the new policy intern at West Virginians for Affordable Health Care (WVAHC). My passion for policy and advocacy work started when I was a Social Work undergraduate at Concord University.Read more
Frontline health care providers train themselves to stay calm and not get excited. But last Thursday, a group of such providers from Morgan, Berkeley, and Jefferson Counties sounded pretty durn excited during a brainstorming session health by the Eastern Panhandle Health Work Group.
House Votes 0-Yeas and 100-Nays on the Governor’s Tax Shift Proposal
This is our fourth blog on the proposals to phase-out the state personal income tax and raise the retail sales tax in the West Virginia legislature. It all started with a proposal from Governor Justice. Then the state legislature tried to make his unworkable proposal somehow work. The House passed its own version, HB 3300. Next the Senate Finance Committee came up with its own version, Amended HB 3300, which passed the full Senate. That version then moved back to the House for a vote. Whew.
The ‘Medicaid Cliff’ represents the tipping point at which some people find themselves at the very edge of income eligibility for the Medicaid program. In West Virginia, that’s 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (for an individual in 2021, that is $17,609 a year, for a family of two it is $23,792, for a family of three it is $29,974).
Update on HB 3300
Passed in the WV House: Tax breaks for the richest and the rest of us left to fend for ourselves
As we mentioned before, the West Virginia legislature now has a super-majority of Republican Delegates and Senators. This means that in both the House and the Senate, two-thirds of the Members are Republicans. Super-majority control gives one party – in this case the Republicans - a free hand to move forward a bill without any support or effort at compromise with other parties.Read more
On the table in our state legislature:
Tax breaks for the richest and an empty plate for you and me
On February 26th, I shared my deep concerns in a blog here about Governor Justice’s proposal to eliminate the state personal income tax and bankrupt our state. Since that time, variations on his proposal have been popping up like poisonous mushrooms after a spring thunderstorm.