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Cover Needed for 300,000 in WV

April 24, 2007


Charleston, WV – Three-hundred thousand West Virginians don't have health insurance. And most of them live in families where at least one person has a full-time job, which is something that used to be the pathway to health coverage. But it's not anymore, as costs have risen and businesses have dropped coverage, or switched to high-deductible policies that employees can't afford to use. Perry Bryant with West Virginians for Affordable Health Care says the problems are well-documented, and it's time for the state to step in.

“While it would be ideal to have a national solution, the states have become the incubator of ideas on how to cover the uninsured. West Virginia should join in that effort.”

Bryant's group has proposed ideas to keep insurance costs down for small businesses, expand state health insurance to cover more working families, and offer credits for families who can afford to buy health insurance to help offset increasing premiums.

Bryant adds that West Virginians without coverage are getting their health care in emergency rooms, so problems are often left untreated until they become a health crisis. He notes that the bill is paid with higher premiums for those who are insured, as well as with taxpayer money.

“It's both a moral imperative and sound economic policy to cover the uninsured.”

More information is online at www.wvahc.org.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WV