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Winter 2005


More than 300 West Virginians Meet to Discuss Child Health

      WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition held a conference on children’s health, “Growing Healthy Children: Conversations About West Virginia’s Future” on November 10-12, 2005 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. The conference drew more than 300 participants from around the state who had the opportunity to attend four plenary sessions and more than twenty-five workshops.
     According to evaluations and comments from participants, the conference was a great success. Many said that after attending their selected workshops they would initiate new programs and activities and promised to share what they had learned with colleagues.
     A common theme among the comments was a increased emphasis on networking and the coordination of efforts.
View a summary of the conference evaluations.

Mark Your Calendar for the Children’s Policy Forum and Children’s Day at the Legislature 2006

     Once again, child advocates will gather to promote the importance of children’s issues. The Children’s Policy Forum and Children’s Day at the Legislature will be held on February 23 and 24, 2006. These events are still in the planning stages, but stay-tuned for information as it becomes available.

Julie Greathouse Leaving Coalition

     With the end of Robert Wood Johnson funding, the Coalition will be losing one of its key staff persons. Julie Greathouse has been director of outreach and coordinator for the Coalition for almost four years. Julie came to the State Coalition after working in CHIP outreach in Roane County. Her community work provided her with valuable experience to support outreach workers around West Virginia. “Julie has been a valuable and creative member of our team. Without her, we will not be able to provide the same kind of support for outreach around the state. We hope she will continue to work with us on a volunteer basis,” said Renate Pore, co-chair of the Coalition. Julie said that her work with the Coalition has been a wonderful and rewarding experience.

Coalition Adopts New E-mail Technology

     The West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition has adopted a new e-mail list technology to help eliminate unwanted communication. All those currently on our e-mail list have been asked to confirm that they still want to receive communication from the Coalition.
     Under our new permission-based system, new subscribes to our free e-mails will need to confirm their subscriptions, and the chance to opt-out of further communications will be offered with every mailing. The new system should also reduce the possibility of viruses spreading among our subscribers and members.
     If you receive a confirmation e-mail, please respond by clicking on the "confirm your subscription link" in the e-mail. If you don't want to be on the list, do nothing. If you want to be on our e-mailing list but have not received a confirmation e-mail, you can sign up here.

New Preferred Drug List for WVCHIP Members

     The West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program is changing to a new Preferred Drug List (PDL), effective January 1, 2020. Due to rising drugs costs a new drug list was created by focusing more on generic use to contain costs. Adoption of this change is estimated to bring a total savings of more than $1 million to the program. Unlike the current PDL, non-preferred drugs will no longer be covered. After this January 1, 2020 effective date, if a provider chooses to prescribe a drug not listed on the formulary it will be a 100% retail cost to the patient. Co-payments for drugs on the new PDL will remain the same. A copy of the new preferred drug list can be found at www.wvchip.org/provider.shtml. This list is not all inclusive. For questions about specific drugs, please access the Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI) provider page at www.express-scripts.com or call 1-800-824-0898.
Over-the-counter Non-Sedating Antihistamines (Claritin) and Proton Pump Inhibitors (Prilosec OTC) and its generics will be part of the new drug formulary. Both Claritin and Prilosec OTC require a prescription for coverage. The patient must take the prescription to their local pharmacist and they will take care of payment processing and dispensing of drug.
     Other changes to the WVCHIP Preferred Drug List is the additional step therapy programs for the following list of medications in which generic therapeutic equivalents must be used before a more expensive brand name drug is authorized – Antivirals, Topical Immunodulators, Symbyax and Topical Corticosteriods.
     Please note any WVCHIP patient currently taking drugs to treat mental health conditions will not be affected by this change if they are taking a drug in one of the following classes: Antipsychotics, Antimanics, SSRI’s, CNS Stimulants, Anticonvulsants, Sedative Hypnotics, Aliphatic Phenothiazines, Strattera and other drugs to treat Attention Deficit Disorders.
If you have questions or comments about these changes, please send them to us in writing to: Executive Director, WV Children’s Health Insurance Agency, 1018 Kanawha Boulevard East, Suite 209, Charleston, West Virginia 25301, or you may email your comments to Brenda Jones at bkjones@wvchip.org.

CHIP Enrollment Numbers Available at www.wvchip.org

     The total number of WV children covered by CHIP at the end of November 2005 was 24,607. This is over 500 more enrollees than November 2004. WV CHIP offers current enrollment numbers, both statewide and per county, on their web-site at www.wvchip.org

Coalition Receives Benedum Funding for Special Projects

     The Coalition has received $107,000 in grants from the Claude Worthington Benedum for special projects in prenatal wellness and child health quality. The prenatal wellness project will be coordinated by Nancy Tolliver. It will research, identify and document issues related to prenatal wellness and birth outcomes in West Virginia including the establishment of a committee of the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition to develop goals, indicators and projects to improve birth outcomes.
     The child health quality project will be coordinated by Dr. Joan Phillips, president of the WVAAP. The project will work to improve the quality of child health in West Virginia by identifying areas of improvement, partnering with national organizations for technical assistance, and working with community health centers, physicians and others who provide medical care for children.

WV Children’s Trust Fund ‘Holiday Cards’

     This year, you can help give a West Virginia child a good beginning in life, through a gift that honors a friend, family member or business associate.
     Through the Tribute Gift Card option, your tax deductible holiday contribution to the West Virginia Children's Trust Fund can be made in honor or in memory of someone close to you. Your contribution will be acknowledged through a special Holiday Card that will be sent to the person or organization of your choice recognizing your contribution on their behalf.
     Contributions are used to support community programs that help children grow up free from abuse and neglect. Children who grow up in nurturing homes and communities are much more likely to become capable and contributing adults.
Contributions can be made securely online with any major credit card through the Children’s Trust Fund.  To make a gift, simply log on to the website, select the holiday gift card link and enter the information for the individual you want to honor. A personalized holiday card acknowledging your gift will be sent to that special person, in your name.
     Contributions can also be made directly by mailing your donation to:

The West Virginia Children’s Trust Fund
P.O. Box 5424
Charleston, WV 25361

For more information please contact:
Jim McKay
(304) 558-4637

WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition Celebration Held December 7, 2020

     The WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition held a celebration to commemorate the end of 7 years of work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation– Covering Kids and Families Project. More than 30 coalition members attended the celebration, held at the John XXIII Pastoral Center on Wednesday, December 7, 2020.
A presentation was given by Donna Cohen Ross, from the Centers for Budget and Policy Priority, on ’What the Public Thinks About Medicaid Survey’.
     An overview of the successes during the last 7 years of RWJF funding was given by Renate Pore followed by a discussion of the future direction of the coalition.

Warming Hearts and Hands

     The Warming Hands and Hearts Initiative (WHH) is a community response to the effect of high home heating costs on low income community members. West Virginia residents will be facing rising heating costs this winter and next. Lead by Senator John Unger, this initiative joins the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and the Health and Human Services Collaborative in utilizing funds from governmental agencies, community donations and non-profit organizations.
     The primary source of government funding for heating costs is the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) which is available through the WV Dept of Health and Human Resources. When the LEIAP payment is not enough, funds from the Warming Hands and Hearts program may be available to help meet the uncovered costs.
     At this time, the Warming Hands and Hearts Initiative is an initiative and funds might not be available beyond the government’s LIEAP funds. There is a large group of individuals, organizations and agencies working together to help not only the Eastern Panhandle where this initiative is being launched but help those in the entire state of WV.
     Want to help? Send donations to the United Way at 222 W King St, Martinsburg, WV 25401 and write Warming Hands and Hearts in the memo line. Need help with heating costs? Dial 2-1-1 for statewide information and referral.
     2-1-1 is the easy to remember phone number that serves as the free, statewide information and referral service. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year without cost to the caller. The WV211 Collaborative is continuing to build and update a statewide database of information about health and human services throughout the state. Individuals who call 2-1-1 are either patched to their local information and referral center to receive additional assistance or the call center operators provide them with information from the database about available services.
Visit Warming Hearts and Hands for more information.



West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition
2207 Washington St., East
Charleston, WV 25311
(304) 344-3141 
(304) 342-1506 -- fax

Renate E. Pore

(304) 344-3141



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