Public Policy Forum on Children's Issues
Children's Day at the Legislature
The Coalition for West Virginia's Children
and Prevent Child Abuse West Virginia are teaming up for two
events for people concerned about public policies affecting
children and families:
February 17: Public Policy Forum on Children's IssuesĖ
Charleston Holiday House Inn
Sid Johnson, President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse
America, will be the keynote speaker, and workshops will be
offered on a variety of public policy issues at the
Charleston House Holiday Inn. We are applying for CEUs for
social workers, nurses and lawyers.
February 18: Children's Day at the Legislature
This year's program includes an overview of hot topics at
the Legislature, a legislative panel discussion,
performances by youth, exhibits, and visits with
For more information on the Public Policy Forum and
Children's Day, go to
The website includes the programs for both days and
registration form (online or mail-in) for participants and
For people attending both days, the Charleston House Holiday
Inn is offering discounted room rates of $79 plus tax on
February 17. Call (304) 344-4092 by January 17 to make
reservations at the special group rate for Prevent Child
Abuse West Virginia. For information on other lodging,
contact the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau at
PCAWV and CWVC appreciate the financial support provided for
these two events by the Black Diamond Girl Scout Council,
Benedum Foundation, Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia,
Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, Sisters of Saint Joseph Charitable Fund, WV
Children's Justice Task Force, WV Community Voices (a
project of W.K. Kellogg Foundation), WV Department of Health
and Human Resources, and WV Developmental Disabilities
CHIP Payment Change Regarding Pregnancy Services
On August 1, 2020 WV CHIP stopped payment
for all pregnancy-related medical services. Prior to that
time, WV CHIP covered a pregnant woman only until she was
approved for Medicaid or, if ineligible for Medicaid.
Everything except the delivery was covered. A new procedure
has been developed for pregnancy related billings and is
The WV CHIP claims processor, Acordia National, identifies
all billings that are considered to be for pregnancy-related
services for WV CHIP staff. Based on this report from
Acordia National, WV CHIP staff notifies the county in which
the client resides that pregnancy-related services have been
billed. This is to alert the worker to take the following
The worker runs eligibility for Medicaid to see if the
client can qualify for a Medicaid coverage group that pays
for pregnancy-related charges. If the client is eligible for
Pregnant Woman Medicaid, WV CHIP is closed, Medicaid is
approved, and the client is notified.
If the client is not Medicaid eligible, the worker refers
her to the Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health (OMCFH)
for pregnancy coverage.
If you have questions about the new procedure, please feel
free to contact WVCHIP at 1-877-WVA-CHIP (982-2447).
WV CHIP Faith-based Outreach Campaign
The West Virginia Childrenís Health
Insurance Program (WVCHIP) has developed a faith-based
outreach campaign to illustrate how congregations can become
involved in health ministry throughout the state. The WVCHIP
Faith, Health and Unity campaign kicked off in October with
a training and resource guide containing sample bulletins
and pulpit announcements, flyers and sermon talking points
about the importance of embracing good health.
The Faith, Health and Unity Campaign also includes other
state health support programs: Childrenís Specialty Care,
Birth to 3, Right from the Start, Medicaid Managed Care and
Health Insurance Paid Premiums (HIPP).
For more information about the Faith, Health and Unity
Campaign or WVCHIP call 1-877Ė WVA-CHIP (982-2447) or visit
the WVCHIP website at
Coalition Receives Benedum Grant
The Coalition has received a grant of
$125,000 from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The
grant is for outreach, policy development and education
around childrenís health coverage. The grant allows the
Coalition to contract with 12 community partners and to
expand its work beyond CHIP and Medicaid Coverage into
working with communities and families to access health
safety net services. Grants of $5,000 per community partner
will be available.
The Coalition is soliciting applications from community
coalitions of three or more organizations. Participation in
this project requires (1) attending four meetings in
Charleston, (2) working with others in a region to host a
training session, (3) developing a plan and conducting local
outreach to families eligible for CHIP and Medicaid.
Applications must be received by February 2, 2020.
For more information contact Renate Pore at:
CWVCís "Children and Choices" Policy Paper
The CWVC Public Policy Committee has been
worked diligently to prepare a Children's Policy Paper to
see us through the 2004 Legislative session and campaign
cycle. The paper, "Children and Choices" , makes several
points, these are:
1. Avoid reductions in state funding for children
2. Increase revenue and save money without reducing the
quality of services
3. Invest more in programs that are proven by research to
produce positive results and reduce cost over the long run.
4. Bring more accountability and transparency to economic
5. Build public/private partnerships for outreach and
6. We must make every effort to support our children and
their families and make it possible for them to stay in West
Virginia and thrive here.
CWVC urges state policy makers and citizens to maintain our
stateís investment in children.
For more information on "Children and Choices" visit
or call 342-6972.
Join the Coalition for WVís Children
Dear WV Healthy Kids and Families Members:
The Coalition for WVís Children (CWVC) Needs Your Support.
Please consider becoming a member now.
For the past five years, Healthy Kids and Families has
worked closely with the CWVC to promote its health policy
agenda. Healthy Kids and Families has been able to use its
resources and expertise to do research and develop policy
positions on health issues impacting children and families.
The CWVC has been able to use that information to develop a
Legislative agenda and educate policy makers.
The CWVC is able to lobby because it derives income from
membership fees. Healthy Kids and Families has intentionally
never charged a membership fee because our work is
generously supported by a number of private foundations.
Healthy Kids and Families members, who want to see our work
represented in the legislative process, should join the
CWVC. We could not have achieved as much without the work of
the CWVC. Please join now (before you forget).
Renate E Pore
Coalition for WV Children Membership
Sustaining membership $500
Organizational Membership $100
Supporting Membership $100
Individual Membership $25
YES, I want to be a CWVC member and have health issues
represented at the Legislature: Please send a check
indicating the Membership level and include the following
Mail Check and information to:
Coalition for WV Children
PO Box 1925
Charleston, WV 25327
The WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition is pleased to
announce the development of itís new listserve. This
listserve was developed to keep you better informed of new
developments and announcements related to the work of the
If you wish to subscribe or if you have any questions or
comments related to this listserve please contact Julie
Greathouse at (304) 345-6349 or by e-mail at
Free Dental Services at WVU Tech
WVU Tech in Montgomery, communicated that their Dental
Clinic has great need for patients needing cleanings and
dental work There are no eligibility or income requirements,
and no fees are charged Free dental hygiene PREVENTIVE
services are offered to patients willing to be part of the
learning experience. Patients seen in the clinic must
understand that this is a learning facility, and there is a
substantial time commitment, a minimum of 3 hours, and a
shorter screening appointment prior to the initial cleaning
appointment. They offer the following services: cleanings,
dental x-rays, and fluoride. On a more limited basis they
can offer sealants and study casts. All patients are
referred to their respective dentist for complete dental
Appointments can be made after January 15, 2020 until the
end of April, Monday through Thursday at 10:00 am or 2:00
pm. During the fall semester, appointments are only
available on Monday and Wednesday from the end of August
until the end of November.
Call 442-3345 after January 15th to schedule a screening