WV Citizen Action Education Fund (WV CAEF) is a statewide 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides original research and public education on progressive solutions to the challenges facing the people of Appalachia. We're a coalition partner with the Health Care for All WV campaign, and have been working to expand health care access and coverage to West Virginians for decades.

www.tinyurl.com/WVStories21 or email eve@wvcag.org.

One of the projects we're part of is collecting West Virginia Health Care Stories. Over the next month or so, we’ll be lending a hand. So, please feel free to contact us directly or use the above online form to get the process started.

The reality for most West Virginians is struggle, struggle to afford medications, out-of-pocket expenses, insurance, struggle to stay healthy enough to work and keep a job, especially if that job doesn’t provide health insurance. Most of us have chronic health issues. Most of us are working and still struggling. And those West Virginians who cannot work are struggling the most.

Here’s a list of questions that will help clarify the kinds of health care stories we are most interested in, but the first one is a big goal right now:

  • Are co-pays, out of pocket expenses, or prescription drug prices overwhelming? Have you had to put off treatment or refills because of the cost?
  • Are you living with little to no HEALTH CARE coverage? Has lack of sufficient coverage affected your ability to get or keep a job? Are you struggling to stay healthy enough to work?
  • Have you experienced the Medicaid Cliff effect, where you found out you’ve worked too many hours or earned too much and then lost your coverage?
  • Are you struggling with the health and economic consequences of COVID-19?
  • Have you benefited from the ACA, Medicare, Medicaid?
  • Does lack of affordable HOME CARE (child, elder, etc.) or PAID LEAVE (Family/Medical) affect your ability to find work or keep a job?

If any of these hit home for you, we would love to hear your story.

Our goal is to use these stories to help educate the public, the media, and our State/Fed legislators and congress members on what it’s like for the average West Virginian just trying to seek and receive health care.

Please, consider sharing your WV Health Care Story.

Decisionmakers won’t know our struggles unless we tell them.

Eve Marcum-Atkinson
Communications Coordinator & Office Administrator
WV Citizen Action

Blog WVCAEF September 26, 2022
Energy, Jobs, & Justice: Candidate Forum
Candidates will answer written questions from the public and partner organizations during this moderated event. More
Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson September 26, 2022
2022 and the Climate Crisis — What Just Happened, and What’s Ahead?
What will this new legislation mean for the State of West Virginia, the United States of America, and the planet? More
Issues: Clean Energy
Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson September 26, 2022
Take Action to Protect our Communities! – A virtual workshop on Amendments 2 & 4 – 10/5, 7PM
Please register for this virtual workshop, hosted by our friends at Campaign for a Shared Future, on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00pm. More
Blog WVCAEF September 20, 2022
Electrification of Public Transport Paper Release
Please join us on Tuesday, September 27th for the launch of our Sustainable Transportation issue paper that highlights the unique opportunities here in Appalachia that this generational infrastructure investment could bring to our region! More
Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson September 19, 2022
MEDIA ADVISORY: WV groups to host webinar on lowering drug costs now by cracking down on Pharmacy Benefit Managers – Sept. 22nd at 7PM
A group of West Virginia organizations and groups will be hosting an educational webinar on September 22nd at 7PM, centered around how we can lower prescription drug costs now by cracking down on Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs). The press and public are invited to attend. More
Issues: Health CareHealthcareMedicaidMedicarePrescription Drug Prices
Blog WVCAEF September 16, 2022
Dismantling Inequity through Grassroots Power
This session is part of the Rx Foundation’s Power is a Social Determinant of Health series – hosted by Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) More
Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson September 16, 2022
Cabell County Candidate Forum on Health Care
Cabell County Regional Candidate Forum on the subject of HEALTH CARE More
Issues: Health CareHealthcare
Blog WVCAEF September 15, 2022
ReImagine Appalachia’s Local Elected Officials Listening Session
We need to learn your priorities and challenges around economic diversification and making sure federal dollars are well-spent in your communities. More
Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson September 14, 2022
2022 Environmental Summit
Meals and lodging on site FREE! (suggested donation of $25/day) More
Issues: Clean EnergyEnvironment
Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson September 13, 2022
Electrification of Public Transport Paper Release
Please join us on Tuesday, September 27th for the launch of our Sustainable Transportation issue paper that highlights the unique opportunities here in Appalachia that this generational infrastructure investment could bring to our region! More