Leaders' health-care efforts will benefit families
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Next year approximately 8,800 children of public employees in West Virginia will be eligible for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) thanks to the efforts of Sen. Rockefeller and Gov. Tomblin.
By enrolling children of public employees in CHIP, state and local governments will save millions in health-care costs and public employees will save $538 annually for each enrolled child. Thousands of kids will have more comprehensive health coverage, that includes dental and vision, thanks to CHIP coverage.
For two years, the Communication Workers of West Virginia -- along with other West Virginia groups such as the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, UMW, AFT, West Virginians for Affordable Health Care and the WV Center on Budget and Policy -- have worked to ensure CHIP expansion would become a reality for the children of public employees in West Virginia.
Gov. Tomblin and Sen. Rockefeller deserve praise for championing this rare opportunity to help working families, their children and the state budget.
If all goes well children will begin to enroll in CHIP beginning on July 1, 2014, and the state could begin saving millions annually as a result.
In the coming years I sincerely hope to participate in more cooperative efforts like this one, which saw elected officials, labor unions and non-profit groups all working together for the good of West Virginia and its working families and children. Sincerely,
CWA International Representative
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