2020 has been… Something else. We’ve all felt it & we’re all feeling it now: isolation, loss, anxiety & struggle.
Maybe you’re tired. Or maybe you’re fired up. Maybe you’re looking to see where you fit in the fight for a better WV.
Consider looking here. The Health Care for All WV team fights for quality, affordable healthcare for all West Virginians. We believe that healthcare IS a fundamental human right. We’re surviving a pandemic. Every single one of us deserves affordable & accessible healthcare NOW.
The changes we need won’t come without grassroots support. That is real, everyday people demanding from their state representatives what they need to make their lives better.
If you want to be part of the fight, join us for our 2021 Citizen Civic Engagement Trainings on either Jan. 14th from 5-7 PM, or Jan 16th from 1-3 PM. Then, on Feb 4th from 5-7 PM, we’ll be discussing the healthcare policies we’re fighting for & strategies to make those policies a reality. These training sessions are free & virtual. Mark your calendars.
Talking to your representative might sound intimidating if you’ve never done it, but they’re just people who work for YOU. You can do this. You can help make important changes in our state.
If you want to be a part of the fight right away, or just want to learn more about being a citizen activist, like our Health Care for All WV Facebook page, and like/join any of these regional pages and groups. We look forward to hearing from you.
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For more information, visit our website at www.healthcareforallwv.com.
Take Action to Urge Senators Manchin and Capito to Advocate for an Adequate COVID-19 Relief Package
On September 10th a new Republican-proposed COVID relief package is expected to be introduced and voted on by the U.S. Senate. The provisions included in the legislation are far too meager to meet the immediate and ongoing needs of West Virginia families, many of whom are facing spiking food, housing, and job insecurity as COVID-19 cases in the state continue to rise.
The proposal of this “skinny” COVID package — so-called because it fails to address many critical needs across the country, including those of state and local governments, struggling families, and small businesses — is deeply disappointing. As families continue to go hungry and worry about keeping a roof overhead, this package seeks to cut boosted unemployment insurance benefits from the CARES Act by 50 percent, and includes no provisions to address rising food and housing insecurity.
We ask that our U.S Senators reject this insufficient proposal and instead pass a strong COVID relief package that adequately addresses the critical needs confronting families in West Virginia and across our country.
Please take action by sending a letter urging Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin to pass a robust COVID relief package that:
- Provides additional, temporary federal funding for Medicaid programs and direct grants to states, territories, and tribes to protect core public services such as education, infrastructure, and first-responders, in addition to aid for local governments;
- Temporarily increases SNAP benefits and housing assistance so people can get enough to eat and keep a roof over their heads;
- Creates an emergency fund for states to help people who are falling through the cracks and to create subsidized jobs programs when workers can participate safely;
- Temporarily makes the Child Tax Credit available to the lowest-income children and expand the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-paid workers not raising kids in their homes; and
- Continues expanded unemployment benefits.
Each day that Congress fails to pass a relief package, our communities continue to suffer. But our members of Congress must act with urgency not only to pass the next package, but to ensure that the package is robust enough to meet the immense needs of our state and our people.
Our very own WVRHA Executive Director, Debrin L. Jenkins, has been selected as the 2020 Community Star for the state of West Virginia by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH)!
Community Stars compose a group of outstanding and dynamic individuals and organizations dedicated to rural health across the United States. As one of the most popular features of National Rural Health Day, each Community Star awardee represents the positive faces and initiatives that are working to address grassroots social determinants of health and improve the lives of those who call rural America their home.
please join us in congratulating Debrin!
By Jade Burks/WVVA News
MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) — A Mercer County Commissioner has received national recognition.
The National Rural Health Association awarded Greg Puckett the ‘Louis Gorin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Care.’ The award is presented annually in memory of Louis Gorin, a federal employee who for 25 years helped lead the design and authorization of health initiatives for rural America.
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