Title

The Successes of Children’s Health Insurance in West Virginia and the Challenges that Lie Ahead

Document Type

Other

Publication Date

Spring 2018

College/Unit

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Department/Program/Center

Political Science

Abstract

West Virginia has made extraordinary gains in extending health insurance coverage to children especially through Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and also through the new health insurance marketplace. In 2016, close to 98 percent of West Virginia’s children under the age of 18 had health insurance coverage. This is good news for a state otherwise experiencing large and persistent health and economic disparities. We explore why West Virginia has been so successful in getting children covered and challenges that lie ahead in continuing this success, which is not at all guaranteed.

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