WV Kids Count releases brief on the well being of children and families in West Virginia


WV Kids Count gathered on Monday to celebrate the launching of an issue brief and parent’s guide. 

The brief was titled “Accounting for Enrollment Success and Considering challenges Ahead for Children’s Health Insurance.”

Board members said that many children lack access to healthcare coverage and they must address the challenges they face.

Ninety-seven percent of children in the state of West Virginia have health insurance, but three percent do not. 

“The idea is we get the issue brief out there, get it in the public consciousness, release the parent’s guide to help the children know, and the families know that they have coverage for the children’s health insurance program, medicaid, and other options, and get that other three percent which equates to thousands of kids covered,” said Joshua Austin, WVU Health Sciences.

The brief credits West Virginia for its Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program CHIP outreach and enrollment efforts. This was the second brief made possible, and was in partnership with WVU Medicine Children’s and the WVU Rockefeller School of Public Policy and Politics. 

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