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The Healthcare Debate: What's at Stake for West Virginia

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the related expansion of Medicaid coverage has had a huge impact on people in West Virginia and on the health care system on which they rely. Among its accomplishments, the ACA has expanded coverage and access to care for around 225,000 residents, including thousands of people addicted to opioids, brought relief to people with chronic diseases, created jobs in the health care sector, and literally saved lives.

In this brief report, we will share some of the available data about the ACA in West Virginia and, most importantly, the views of 12 people who are covered by it. While their experiences were varied, there was general consensus that while improvements could be made, loss of care could mean loss of life.

Created Date 
Jun 20, 2017

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