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March/April 2004


State Legislature Passes CHIP Bill (HB4412)

     The West Virginia Legislature passed HB4412 on March 11, 2004.  The bill requires the Children’s Health Insurance Board to study the feasibility of creating a buy-in program for uninsured children in families between 200 and 300 percent of the federal poverty level.  The board must report the results of their study to the Legislature at its interim meetings in August 2004.

         From a survey done by the West Virginia University Institute for Health Policy Research in December 2003, we estimate that about 10,000 to 12,000 uninsured children would be eligible for a buy-in program.  The buy-in program would require parents to pay an affordable monthly premium of approximately $25 to $35 in order to enroll their children in WVCHIP.  The CHIP buy-in program, if implemented, would make affordable health coverage available to all West Virginia and make us one of the few states to have universal access to health coverage for children.  


WVHKFC Benedum Community Partners Selected

    The Coalition has selected 12 Community Partners funded through a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation for outreach, policy development and education around children’s 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.

     Many wonderful applications were received and the decision process was a difficult one.  Grants of $5,000 have been awarded to:

*Eastern Regional FRN

*The Parish House

*Pocahontas FRN

*Randolph County FRN

*Vincent Memorial Methodist Church


*Wood County FRN

*Mission WV

*McDowell Mission, Inc./Dove Learning Center

*Rainelle Medical Center

*Raleigh County FRN

*Rural Appalachian Improvement League (IV)


     The Coalition looks forward to working with our new partners towards better health for all West Virginians.   


Medicaid Managed Care

     Now that there are 3 HMOs in the state and Medicaid is rapidly expanding coverage to TANF eligibles county by county, the DHHR has developed a managed care expansion map that may assist you in determining when eligibles will begin enrollment in your county. Please see the Medicaid website at www.wvdhhr.org. Once at the site, double click on ‘Medical Services’ and the map will be located under the "Announcements" section.  Or you may also find the map under the Office of Medicaid Managed Care.  Each county on the map shows the program(s) in the county and the effective date of the program(s). As counties are approved, the map will be updated to reflect the change.


Letter to the Editor of ‘Governing’ Magazine  

     The following letter was published in the March 2004 Issue of “Governing” Magazine. 

Dear Editor:
     Thank you for the excellent series of articles on health care and children's health insurance coverage in the February 2004 issue of Governing.
     I was somewhat disappointed, however, that West Virginia did not merit mention in the section on States that Stand Out - Success Stories. A survey on health insurance coverage in West Virginia completed in December 2003 showed that 96.3 percent of all children had health coverage at some point during 2003.  CHIP and Medicaid data show that 240,000 or 60 percent of all West Virginia children had coverage through CHIP or Medicaid in the federal fiscal year 2003. We continue to have a vigorous community-based outreach program to make sure that all eligibles receive coverage. Furthermore, our State Children's Health Insurance Program has begun collecting and publishing HEDIS and utilization data to help us analyze the impact of coverage on the use of preventive services.
     About 10,000 to 12,000 children remain uninsured without access to affordable coverage. We are currently engaged in conversation about providing coverage for all remaining uninsured children and within the next year hope to have universal affordable health coverage for all West Virginia children. Despite West Virginia's budget problems, our state leaders have continued their strong commitment to CHIP and Medicaid for children.


Renate E Pore
Project Director
WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition
A Project of RWJF Covering Kids and Families


Cover the Uninsured Week– May 10-16, 2004 

     In the U.S., there are nearly 44 million Americans living without health coverage – including 8.5 million childrenCover the Uninsured Week is a national effort focusing on elevating this issue on the national and local agendas, educating Americans about the problem and providing immediate assistance to the uninsured and small business owners.

     Once again, West Virginia will participate in this event.  While West Virginia has made great strides in health insurance coverage for children, there is still much work to be done.  Many activities are being planned across the state to raise awareness of the plight of the uninsured including interdenominational faith events, campus events, photo ops, and media coverage.

     To find out more about Cover the Uninsured Week and free resources, check out the national web site at covertheuninsuredweek.org

     Details of the state wide events will be available on our website at www.wvhealthykids.org


Diabetes Detection Initiative (DDI) Kick-Off   

     The Northern Greenbrier Health Center, the WV Primary Care Association, and the WV Bureau for Public Health's Diabetes Prevention and Control Program are pleased to announce the Northern Greenbrier Health Center 25th Anniversary Celebration and Diabetes Detection Initiative (DDI) publicity event.  The event will be held on March 25th, 2004 at 1:00 pm at the Health Center in Williamsburg, Greenbrier County, WV.  Governor Bob Wise, the WV Congressional Delegation, Secretary Tommy Thompson, Surgeon General Carmona, Region III Director Bob Zimmerman, and many other federal, state, and local dignitaries have been invited to attend.  The celebration and kick-off event will feature informational displays, entertainment, refreshments, and keynote addresses. 

      Northern Greenbrier Health Center is playing a key role in the Federal Diabetes Detection Initiative (DDI), as well as providing high-quality, low-cost primary and preventive health care to the residents of Northern Greenbrier County.  The DDI is being sponsored at the highest levels of DHHS and is designed to find undiagnosed residents of Greenbrier and Fayette Counties and encourage them to get treatment.

     The DDI is a national initiative with a pilot project underway in all DHHS regions.  The primary method of diagnosis is through the use of the customized risk test that is being distributed to community groups such as Lion's Clubs, Senior Centers, Pharmacies, private provider's offices, and others.   The WVPCA has also worked with the WV Bureau for Public Health (BPH) web developers to add DDI information and risk tests to the BPH website and the WVPCA website.  You can electronically view the risk tests or get more information about the DDI by visiting the BPH site at http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/oehp/diabetes/detectini.htm or the WVPCA site at www.wvpca.org.  To date, roughly 9,000 risk tests have been distributed and another 10,000 are expected to be distributed prior to the event.  Please contact Brian Cunningham at the WVPCA if your group would like to get involved in the DDI effort at (304) 346-0032 or bcunning76@aol.com.

     Three other community health centers are serving as active participants in the DDI effort.  They are:  New River Health Association in Scarbro and Mt. Hope, Fayette County; Rainelle Medical Center in Rainelle, Greenbrier County; and Robert C. Byrd Health Center in Lewisburg, Greenbrier County.  These three health centers, along with N. Greenbrier, are listed on the risk tests as entities which residents may visit for diagnosis or treatment.


Boone County Breast and Cervical Cancer Program Fundraiser

     The Boone CEOS Club and Rachel Campbell will be raising money for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund by being celebrity servers at Shoney's in Kanawha City on April 13th from 11-2 pm. All tips and any donations they receive will be donated to this fund.

     Please tell everyone you know to come out and eat at Shoney’s that day. The Quilt of Hope will also be there. If someone wants to make a donation toward the quilt the tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5. All the proceeds for the quilt go to the Diagnostic and Treatment Fund, and by making a donation your name is entered into a drawing for the quilt on Mother's Day (No names from the tickets are sold or given out to any organizations.)

      For more information, please contact:
Rachel Campbell, RN, BSN
Cancer Information Specialist
WV Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program




WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition

Simplification/Coordination Report Available

     A new report from the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition is now available.  Health Care Coverage for West Virginia Children and Families-Improving Access Through Policy and Process Change outlines the great strides West Virginia has made in providing health insurance coverage for children through WVCHIP and Medicaid and provides recommendations for further work on issues to expand coverage and to improve and streamline administrative processes. 

     To obtain a copy of this report send an email to Renate Pore at renateepore.pore@verizon.net or Julie Greathouse at jdg_outreach@hotmail.com   Or you may mail your request to:

WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition

2003 Quarrier Street, East

Charleston, WV  25311

Phone: 304-345-6349

Fax: 304-345-6620



Next WVHK&FC Meetings:

April 7, 2020
Steering Committee
2003 Quarrier Street, East
May 19, 2020
Community Partner/  Outreach  10:00-12:00
Full Coalition
John XXIII Pastoral Center
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