Join us for our WV Kids' Health Partnership Meeting as we discuss extending Medicaid for postpartum care. Dr. Martha Carter will be sharing some of her expertise with us as well as what the Medicaid and Chip Payment Access Commission recommends. We will be looking for potential paths forward based on the latest from President Biden's administration. Questions and organizational updates to follow. Register Here.

"Martha Carter, DHSc, MBA, APRN, CNM, is an independent consultant. She is the founder and former chief executive officer of FamilyCare Health Centers, a community health center serving four counties in south-central West Virginia. Dr. Carter practiced as a certified nurse-midwife in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia for 20 years and is a member of the West Virginia Alliance for Creative Health Solutions, a practice-led research and advocacy network. Dr. Carter was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow in 2005–2008 and received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader award in 1999. She holds a doctorate of health sciences from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona and a master of business administration from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia."
The West Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is having a virtual advocacy day to focus on the health of West Virginia's Children. WVAHC is a proud sponsor of this event. Please join physicians, medical residents, and advocates to discuss creating a healthier West Virginia. Hear from national and local speakers. Learn how you can become an advocate for important kids' health issues! 

Introducing Mariah Plante, WVAHC’s new Story Collection Coordinator. Mariah is a Kanawha County native who has recently returned to West Virginia after six years of life in New York, where she worked as a theatre artist and editing assistant. Mariah is over-the-moon excited to be back in her home state and to help bring more consumer voices to the health care conversation through storytelling.  

 The goal of the Health Care Storybank is to connect policy experts, lawmakers, and members of the media with West Virginians who experience the health care system and Medicaid first-hand so that we can work collaboratively to improve them. By sharing your health care story, you can make sure your voice is heard by the people making decisions that impact you, your family, and your community. 
 Mariah is currently seeking health care stories that are representative of three priority items on the 2021 Health Agenda: 
 Mothers who have lost Medicaid coverage only two months after giving birth and who would benefit from 12 months of Medicaid postpartum coverage.  Without Medicaid, they often do not receive the care they need for postpartum depression, diabetes, and many other health issues. 
  1. Medicaid enrollees who “make too much money” and are no longer Medicaid income eligible because of a new job, a pay raise, a second job, or an increase in work hours. Without Medicaid and unable to afford a private insurance plan, work advances can mean becoming uninsured. 

  2. Individuals who have been unable to pay or struggle to afford their prescription medications. For uninsured West Virginians, and even those with private insurance, the high price tag on some prescription drugs makes it financially impossible for them to follow the best advice of their doctor. 

Become a Health Care Advocate! Contact Story Collection Coordinator Mariah Plante at [email protected] to share your health care story today.
A little of what's been happening, what we know, and what we think you should know....

Legislation Would Spell Out Teachers Strikes as Unlawful in WV-WV MetroNews
CDC Defends School Guidelines as Advocates Say They Make it too Hard to Reopen - The Washington Post
Expanding Postpartum Medicaid Benefits to Combat Maternal Mortality and Morbidity-Health Affairs

Closing the Gaps in Maternal Health Coverage: Assessing the Potential of a Postpartum Medical/Chip Extension-The Commonwealth Fund 
MACPAC Recommends one year of Postpartum Medicaid Coverage at 100% Match-Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center For Children and Families
Charter School Expansion Moves Forward-WVPublicBroadcasting 
Charter Schools Expansion on Edge of Passage in W Va. House-MetroNews

In First Week, Legislature Considers Bills Related To Charter Schools, Education Savings Accounts and More-WV Public Broadcasting 
Several Bills Being Considered that Could have Sweeping Impacts on Public Education Funding - West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy