Health Care

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 & Science
12:18 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

WVU Hospitals Names New President and CEO

A new president and CEO has been named to lead the WVU United Health System
Credit West Virginia University

A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center administrator has been named president and CEO of West Virginia University Hospitals.

Dr. Albert L. Wright Jr.'s appointment is effective Aug. 1. He will replace Bruce McClymonds, who is retiring at the end of May.

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Health Care
6:15 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Few Young People Among W.Va's New Health Care Law Enrollees

  Almost 20,000 West Virginians have enrolled in health coverage through the federal marketplace.

As of March 31, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said only 6 percent of West Virginia's federal exchange signups were between 18 to 25 years old, tied with Minnesota for the lowest percentage in the country. At 13 percent of exchange signups, West Virginia is also tied with Arizona and Vermont for lowest percentage of 26 to 34 year olds enrolled.

Of about 19,860 West Virginia enrollees, 57 percent are female.

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West Virginia Morning
10:59 am
Thu March 27, 2014

CTCs Expand Gas Industry Program, Play Outlines Health Care Issues, Huntington Prep's Title Hopes

Noble Energy donates $250,000 to the Appalachian Petroleum Training Center to help expand drilling industry programs at Pierpont in Fairmont and Northern Community Technical Colleges in Wheeling.
Eastern Panhandle audiences will have the opportunity to see a one-man play that focuses on issues surrounding problems with the health care system. Huntington Prep gets their first chance to play with for a national title finally having scored an affilliation with the WVSSAC.

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7:14 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

W.Va. Health Exchange Enrollment Surpasses 10,000

Credit Rick Haye, Marshall University Communications

West Virginia continues to lag behind the rest of the country in the number of younger people enrolled in health insurance through the federal marketplace.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said as of March 1, 18 percent of those signed up through the federal exchange in West Virginia were ages 18 to 34. That's only a slight improvement from a month earlier and ties West Virginia with Oregon for the lowest percent of signups from that age group. Arizona, Hawaii and Maine were at 19 percent.

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Health Care
12:51 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Manchin, McKinley Supporting First Responder Exemptions in Health Care Law

Sen. Manchin is supporting a bill in the Senate to exempt volunteer first responders from a mandate in the health care law.
Credit Courtesy Photo

Sen. Joe Manchin is introducing legislation, along with five other senators, that would exempt volunteer first responders from a mandate in the new health care law.

The bill is titled “The Protect Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act.” According to a news release, this legislation would amend the Affordable Care Act so that volunteer emergency service workers are not required to be counted as full-time equivalent employees under the healthcare coverage law.

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Health Care
5:34 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

W.Va. Health Coverage Marketplace Enrollment Rises

Enrollment in West Virginia's health insurance marketplace has jumped by more than 500 percent in the past month.
     Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield says about 1,200 West Virginians have enrolled in plans through the federal exchange as of Monday. That's up from 198 people on Nov. 13.
     Highmark is the only private insurer participating in West Virginia's health insurance marketplace.
     Meanwhile, about 75,000 people have enrolled in the state's expanded Medicaid program, 12,000 more than the state projected.

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Health Care
2:02 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Heart attack victims need quicker attention

The American Heart Association of W.Va. has begun its Mission: Lifeline to train medical providers and EMT's to recognize STEMI heart attack
Credit wikimedia / Wikimedia Commons

The American Heart Association in West Virginia is working with nearly 100 healthcare and emergency medical service providers to provide better care for heart problems.  The group says that hundreds of thousands of Americans have a type of heart attack called a STEMI in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart. Unless the blockage is eliminated quickly, the patient’s life is at serious risk.

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Health Survey
11:17 am
Tue October 8, 2013

What would it take to make three W.Va. counties healthier?

Joy Buck
Credit Submitted Photo

The West Virginia University School of Nursing Eastern Division is tackling health and wellness problems in the Eastern Panhandle counties of Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan. A three year study is leading to a conversation in the community about how to make the area a healthier place to live.

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Health Care
11:22 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Need help navigating the health care exchange?

West Virginains for Affordable Health Care Executive Director Perry Bryant holds up a chart showing the number of West Virginians who will be able to enroll for health benefits under the federal ACA.
Credit Ashton Marra

The number of uninsured West Virginians is expected to drop by 70 percent in the next three years. That’s according to numbers from the state Insurance Commissioners Office and presented by West Virginians for Affordable Health Care in the wake of open enrollment under the health care exchange.

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