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What the child tax credit has done for my family

By Melissa Boyles

Oct 25, 2021

The new monthly payments of $250 my family and I are receiving as part of the expanded child tax credit is the reason I am able to put food on the table. As part of the American Rescue Plan, Democrats expanded the existing child tax credit for this year, nearly doubling it and giving families advance payments of up to $300 a month per child.

  • What the child tax credit has done for my family

    By Melissa Boyles

    Oct 25, 2021

    The new monthly payments of $250 my family and I are receiving as part of the expanded child tax credit is the reason I am able to put food on the table. As part of the American Rescue Plan, Democrats expanded the existing child tax credit for this year, nearly doubling it and giving families advance payments of up to $300 a month per child.

  • Sen. Joe Manchin wants to restrict who gets the child tax credit. These West Virginians would be affected if he prevails.

     

    Manchin supports new requirements for the expanded child tax credit that would likely end the benefit for thousands of families in his state.

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Cable news flickered on the flat-screen television in Ruth and James Jones’s living room. The CNN ticker read: “Biden lowers spending bill price in effort to lure Manchin and Sinema.” The couple watched and listened.

    They are raising two grandchildren, ages 10 and 17, on a limited income — James’s part-time earnings as an Applebee’s cook and Ruth’s Social Security payments. Like thousands of other West Virginians, their financial burden has been eased since July by monthly federal payments, championed by the Biden administration, to support families with children. Now, however, those funds — which total $500 a month — could vanish if lawmakers agree to the demands of their own U.S. senator, Joe Manchin III.

    Appearing on CNN in September, the moderate Democrat from West Virginia implied that he would not support extending the monthly payments, which come in the form of an expanded child tax credit (CTC), without changes. “There’s no work requirements whatsoever,” he said. “There’s no education requirements whatsoever for better skill sets. Don’t you think, if we’re going to help the children, that the people should make some effort?”

  • 2021 Health Care Agenda

    The complete version of the 2021 Health Agenda is listed on our navigation page.  Follow this link for a printable, condensed version.

     

     

     

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  • The Temporary Solutions - Free Clinic Spotlight

    Uninsured and under-insured, these are the people free clinics serve throughout the state of West Virginia.  In the northern panhandle area, even some counties in Ohio are served by the local Health Right clinic in Wheeling. The eastern panhandle Good Samaritan is the only facility of its kind in the most populated portion of the state.  North Central West Virginia can find health care services at Health Access, Inc., in Clarksburg.  The following is just a short review of the many services, health care, and wellness programs these free clinics provide for residents of our communities, even outside of a global pandemic.

  • Practitioner’s Outlook – August 2020

    Michelle McMullen from Huntington, WV knows a thing or two about health care and insurance.  Not only has she had her own personal experiences with Medicaid and other forms of insurance, she is also a supervisor for a mental health program in the region giving her expertise and insight into the medical and insurance systems.

  • Sarah's Journey

    Part One: The Diagnosis

    In our country, there are Americans who have health insurance thanks to the social safety net programs, such as Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program; there are older population adults who are able to pull from the social and health insurance program of Medicare to provide for some of their financial healthcare needs; we have folks who are on disability at all ages who qualify for Medicaid as well; and, there are some lucky working adults who have high enough incomes to afford health care insurance for their families or they have employers who found a reasonable healthcare insurance policy for their team members.  Some folks can afford a decent policy through the Affordable Care Act state marketplace with the help of premium subsidies.  But for some, none of these options are available and/or affordable.  They fall into a hole in our crazy patchwork quilt of health insurance options.  And in that hole, they risk their health, a future of debt, and even their lives.

    Image Retrieved – May 26th, 2020 (Twitter)

  • 11:11 - Make a Wish - Bonnie's Story

    Superstitious folks might look at a clock at 11:11 and make a wish.  If Bonnie Swan was superstitious, she would say her wishes are finally coming true.  

     

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic many people have lost jobs or been furloughed, but Bonnie has been lucky. She has a new job as a Child Protective Service worker for the great state of West Virginia.  The 12-week training program is exciting for her as she will be serving the community and helping children.  And she will have health insurance via the state sponsored PEIA program.  Affordable insurance is one of the reasons Bonnie is happy to take on this new and challenging job. 

  • Brook's Story - Challenges and Medicaid Support During COVID-19

    Challenges and Medicaid Support During COVID-19

    Overcoming obstacles is what West Virginians do daily, even outside of the recent global pandemic we are all facing. 

    Willow Stidham was one of 20 babies born at CAMC on April 7th, 2020, according to her mother Brook.  As the third child to this family of now five, Medicaid provided insurance coverage and costs for the pregnancy and baby Willow was automatically signed up for the program as well. 

    There were both pros and cons to having to give birth during the statewide lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic, “I feel like it could have been better, the nurses were stressed and seemed on edge because of the virus” but Brook understood and acknowledge, “the experience was different.”

    The Health Care for All Campaign is working to propose more Medicaid support and protection during the state legislative session for 2021.  Let us continue to advocate and protect this life saving and life-giving programs in policy, elections, and by sharing our health care stories.

  • Many Health Care Bills Pass on Last Night of Session

    Charleston Gazette: A relatively light agenda on the last night of the legislative session saw several bills win final passage and another face major defeat.

     

  • 2020 Legislative Victories

    Big victories for the Health Care for All WV Campaign in the 2020 legislative session

     

    By passing three of its top priority bills, the Health Care for All WV Coalition won big this year in the fight for all West Virginians' right to health care.

     

  • Health Care Advocates Launch Campaign Ahead of Legislative Session

    It’s called the ‘Health Care for All’ campaign. In state that frequently ranks in the bottom third of the nation for things like obesity, cancer, and smoking – campaigners believe its time that the legislature act.