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West Virginians for Affordable Health Care to hold town meeting Tuesday

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginians for Affordable Health Care will host a town hall meeting this week about what the Affordable Care Act means for women and their families.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center on Charleston's West Side, according to a release from the organization.

The meeting will focus on the ACA benefits like pap smears and mammography screenings that are now available without deductibles or co-payments.

"Women not only have unique health care needs, they are frequently the 'health care decider' for their children and even their husbands," Renate Pore, the organization's director of health policy said. Pore will make the presentation at the town hall meeting.

"The ACA will provide women greater access to health insurance coverage," she said.

She added that if the state adopts the ACA's Medicaid expansion, the state could use millions in federal money to provide insurance coverage for thousands of West Virginia women.

Former state senator Dr. Dan Foster will moderate the meeting. Panelists will include Rev. Matthew Watts of Hope Development and Rachel Huff, education and outreach manager for WV Free.


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