West Virginia is down four spots in the America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation; its 2012 rankings make it the 47th healthiest state to live in.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for West Virginia, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
West Virginia Health Insurance Plan
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, West Virginia started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about West Virginia's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
The Roadmap to Health Project (health care reform) — State government information on the implementation of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services (Medicaid) — The state agency tasked with administering the federal-state partnership to serve low income West Virginians.
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources — Administers programs aimed toward the citizens of West Virginia.
West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program (WVCHIP) — A low cost health care plan for children and teenagers of working families.
West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families — Bringing together individuals, private organizations, and state agencies to work to improve the health of children and families in West Virginia.
West Virginians for Affordable Health Care (WVAHC) — A tax-exempt, nonprofit organization under IRC 501(c)(4) organized in November, 2005 by a diverse group of individuals concerned about the rising cost of health care and health care insurance coverage.
Mountain State Physicians for a National Health Program — Encourages the establishment of a single-payer health care system in the United States and particularly for West Virginia families.
Eastern Panhandle Single-Payer Action Network — The Eastern Panhandle Single-Payer Action Network (EPSPAN) is a chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) as well as an affiliate of Healthcare-Now!.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in West Virginia.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for West Virginia -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in West Virginia.
Why health care reform is important to West Virginia -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in West Virginia.
The Benefits of Health Reform In West Virginia -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of West Virginia.
West Virginia mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for West Virginia -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $374 per family in 2012.
12/10/2012 5:12 PM
wvgazette.com — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration announced the state will partner with the federal government to operate a health insurance exchange in the state. The feds will handle most functions, with West Virginia potentially handling plan management functions.
11/14/2012 6:11 PM
Charleston Gazette — In 2011, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed legislation to establish the West Virginia Health Benefits Exchange. However, Tomblin is now expected to reverse his decision.
07/11/2012 10:07 PM
McClatchy-Tribune – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has yet to decide if the state will join a federal effort to extend health insurance to thousands of low-income West Virginians, the state’s top Medicaid official said Wednesday. At the same time, Tomblin’s Republican opponent is attempting to pressure Tomblin to take a position on health care reform even as the U.S. House on Wednesday made a second futile effort to repeal the whole law.
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