Affordable Care Act

3:45 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

New Health Insurance Enrollment Period Opens in W.Va.

Credit Rick Haye, Marshall University Communications

  A second enrollment period has started for coverage under West Virginia's health insurance exchange.

Sign-up events were held across the state Saturday for the state-sponsored marketplace. The enrollment period runs through Feb. 15.

According to federal government figures, West Virginia had the lowest percent of enrollees between the ages of 18 and 34 during the round of signups from October 2013 to March.

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Disease Prevention
1:48 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

WV Receives $1 Million for Disease Prevention

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell
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West Virginia has been awarded more than $1 million for chronic disease prevention programs.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced two grants on Thursday for state and local programs. The programs are aimed at preventing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

 The grants are funded in part by the Affordable Care Act. They will be administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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12:51 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

West Virginia's Uninsured Dropped 3.5 Percent in 2013

Credit U.S. Census Bureau

  Both West Virginia and Virginia saw modest decreases in the number of uninsured residents last year.

The U.S. Census Bureau report released Tuesday shows the number of uninsured people in West Virginia dropped from 264,000 in 2012 to 255,000 last year - about 3.5 percent. Virginia's dropped from 1 million in 2012 to 991,000 last year - about 1 percent.

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4:00 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

$1 Million for Four W.Va. Health Centers From Obamacare

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced funds for 4 WV health centers Thursday.
Credit wikimedia commons

Four health centers in West Virginia will expand behavioral health services using funds from the Affordable Care Act.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced almost a million dollars in funds from the federal health care act will support and expand services for about 29,000 West Virginians  that seek treatment from those 4 health centers.

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9:08 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

W.Va. Attorney General Sues Obama Over Health Care Law Fixes

Credit Janet Kunicki / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is suing President Barack Obama's administration over allegations of hand-picking which laws to follow.

The Republican's lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

The filing by Solicitor General Elbert Lin targets an Obama administrative fix to let some people temporarily keep unqualified plans under the Affordable Care Act.

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9:29 am
Thu July 24, 2014

U.S. Plans W.Va. Refunds Under Affordable Care Act

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Credit Office/Sen. Jay Rockefeller

More than $900,000 in refunds from insurance companies are headed to 8,300 consumers in West Virginia.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the payments Thursday, crediting the Affordable Care Act.

Burwell said the refunds in West Virginia will average $177 per family.

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Affordable Care Act Funds
4:44 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Rural Clinic in Beckley Will Receive $1.65 Million Grant

Community Health Systems of Beckley is one of 60 clinics in the nation to receive a training grant through the Affordable Care Act.

Community Health Systems of Beckley is one of 60 clinics across the country that will share more than 80 million dollars in Affordable Care Act money.

The rural clinic  will receive a $1.65 million grant to help train primary care providers.

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Health Care
9:57 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Health Insurance Coverage Increases in W.Va.

Credit Rick Haye, Marshall University Communications

  The number of West Virginians getting health insurance through two programs has increased more than in almost any other state since Medicaid was expanded under the Affordable Care Act.

That's according to federal data released this week on those enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program as of April 30.

The Charleston Gazette reports that nearly 154,000 West Virginians had enrolled in one of the programs since open enrollment began.

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Health care
9:11 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Kentucky Cooperative to Offer Health Insurance in W. Va.

A Kentucky-based cooperative is preparing to enter West Virginia's health insurance marketplace.
Kentucky Health Cooperative, Inc. says iit has received approval from the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner to offer health insurance in West Virginia.

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West Virginia Morning
8:23 am
Fri March 28, 2014

How to Sign Up for Health Care, Bluefield's Ahavath Shalom, & Holly Williams with "Drinkin'"

We take you through the process of signing up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid before Monday's deadline. We conclude our series on the Story of the Jews in West Virginia about the Ahavath Shalom congregation in Bluefield. Holly Williams performs "Drinkin'" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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Affordable Care Act
6:44 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

The Deadline is Approaching: What You Need to Know to Sign Up for Health Insurance

West Virginians for Affordable Health Care Executive Director Perry Bryant held a press conference in the fall explaining how Medicaid expansion and getting people signed up for insurance through the federal health care exchange could help the overall health of the state.
Credit Ashton Marra

The deadline to sign up for health insurance or Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and the state Medicaid expansion is Monday, March 31, but don’t fret! There is still time to start the application process if you haven’t yet begun.

Michelle Bays, a certified application counselor for Valley Health in Huntington, says there is some basic information you need in order to apply for coverage on the federal healthcare exchange.

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11:20 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Health Care Glitch Affects 18,000 W.Va. Residents

  A state official says a glitch in the federal health insurance marketplace has affected about 18,000 West Virginians trying to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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1:29 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Analysis: West Virginia Second in Benefits from Obamacare

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, of Iowa take part in the markup of health care reform legislation.
Credit AP

West Virginia ranks second only to New York as the state getting the best deal from Obamacare, according to a new report from the company Evolution Finance.

The report looks at what all 50 states received through the Affordable Care Act. It uses 11 metrics designed to gauge the law’s impact on consumers and each state’s budget.

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Health Care
11:58 am
Thu November 21, 2013

60,000 More Residents Qualify for Medicaid

Gov. Tomblin announcing state's participation in Medicaid expansion earlier this year.
Credit Ashton Marra

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen Bowling announced today that a second round of 61,000 auto-enrollment letters have been mailed to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients and parents of children covered by Medicaid notifying them that they may automatically qualify for health insurance coverage.

To date, the DHHR has determined that 58,390 consumers are eligible for Medicaid expansion

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Health Care
11:11 am
Thu November 14, 2013

More than 7,000 West Virginians seek coverage under ACA

A report released in October by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation states that West Virginia has the potential to benefit most from the Affordable Care Act.
Credit West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy


About half of the West Virginians who've applied for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act are eligible for government insurance programs.

Figures released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services show 7,096 West Virginians applied for health coverage through the federal government's website from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2. Of that total, about 3,100 were eligible for coverage either through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program.

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Federal Grants
12:31 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Obamacare money coming to West Virginia

Tri County Health Clinic Rock Cave, W.Va.
Credit Community Care of West Virginia

Two West Virginia health centers are among 236 across the country receiving money through the Affordable Care Act.

Community Care of West Virginia in Rock Cave is getting a $704,167 grant and Williamson Health and Wellness Center will receive  $812,500.

A news release from the White House says the community health centers will use the money to establish new full time health care delivery sites so more people can gain access to health care.

The release calls community health centers "key partners in helping uninsured residents sign up for health coverage."

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9:23 am
Fri October 25, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 25, 2013


Ashton Marra reports on Senator Joe Manchin's bill that proposes a delay in the individual mandate as part of the Affordable Care Act, Cecelia Mason on electric billing issues in the Easter Panhandle, Clark Davis previews Marshall Women's Basketball season and The Pines perform "Rise Up and Be Lonely" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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Health Care
6:12 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Manchin proposes delay to ACA individual mandate

Senator Joe Manchin
Credit Courtesy Photo

Senator Joe Manchin is proposing a delay in a key component to the federal Affordable Care Act, the individual mandate. Manchin defended his legislation saying it allows the administration more time to fix glitches in the enrollment system, but a left-leaning policy group in Charleston maintains a delay will have significant negative impacts on West Virginians.

The individual mandate requires all Americans sign up for health insurance through the federal health care exchange by April 1, or face a penalty of $95 or 1 percent of their annual income, whichever is greater.

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State Contracts
11:23 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Developer of troubled ACA website has W.Va. computer contract

A company involved in the problematic federal health care exchange website has a contract to design a system to manage West Virginia state government accounts.
     CGI Group subsidiary CGI Federal is the developer of the complex U.S. government website that's been hit by technical problems, resulting in long waits for Americans to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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Health Care
10:39 am
Tue October 8, 2013

State Medicaid numbers up since expansion

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced the expansion of eligibility for the state's Medicaid program earlier this year in Charleston.
Credit Ashton Marra

While state officials say they’re not sure how many West Virginians have signed up for private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act last week, more than 50,000 are now covered by Medicaid under the state’s expansion of the program.

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