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CHIPs Off the Block: Looking to WV Program For Health Care Reform Ideas

April 17, 2009

Charleston, WV - With the governor and lawmakers wondering how to provide health insurance to West Virginia's quarter-million uninsured citizens, some are looking at one of the state's successful health care programs as a model. By one count, West Virginia's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is the nation's fourth-best program of its kind for coverage of children in families under 200 percent of poverty. Gov. Joe Manchin has said he intends to dramatically expand health care coverage and CHIP supporters believe he should follow the success of the program.

CHIP Executive Director Sharon Carte says much of her organization's success is due to early outreach, into which CHIP and its partner groups have invested a lot of money and effort.

"A health fair, pool parties in the summer, events where we gave away backpacks for children going back to school by raffle, along with a fair amount of advertising."

CHIP managers admit West Virginians would need to re-think their relationship with health care under a revised system. For instance, Carte says newly insured adults must develop the habit of seeking care from more cost-effective providers, rather than by relying on hospital emergency rooms. Government programs can save money every time they move people from emergency care to preventive medicine, say says, and key to doing that is helping doctors counsel their patients.

"They would go for primary care, and not go to emergency rooms. I think that we will go forward with that, mostly because physicians themselves seem to be endorsing it."

Some opponents of expanding health care programs call it too costly, while proponents believe the client population would see the value in relying on the program, and turning to what is called a "medical home;" generally a primary care physician, for preventive care. Proponents argue such a plan would be less-expensive in the long-run than leaving so many people uninsured.

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - WV