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 Eve Marcum-Atkinson August 4, 2022
Please Help KY & VA Flood Victims!
Across Eastern Kentucky and Southern Virginia, dozens have lost their lives and hundreds have lost their homes, their cars, everything due to historic rains and flooding. More
Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson August 4, 2022
We Need Your WV Health Care Stories!
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? More
Issues: Health CareHealthcare
Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson July 23, 2022
Medicare/Medicaid Birthday Celebration, July 30th
This event is co-hosted by: Cabin Creek Health Care Systems, Health Care for All West Virginia, WV Citizen Action Group, West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, Physicians for a National Health Program of West Virginia, Rise Up WV, Protect Our Care, and others. More
Issues: MedicaidMedicare
Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson July 18, 2022
‘Blue is the New Green’ – Labor Unions and the Climate Crisis
The topic of the program is “’Blue is the New Green’ – Labor Unions and the Climate Crisis.” For more information, and to register to attend this free program — either online or in-person — visit the website of the West Virginia Center on Climate Change, https://wvclimate.org or email info@wvclimate.org. More
Issues: Climate Change
Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson July 12, 2022
Ohio River Listening Session – Wheeling
Few things are as important to our lives and well-being as access to clean, safe drinking water. Yet, we face many challenges to securing clean water. More
Issues: PollutionWaterwater quality
Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson July 12, 2022
Ohio River Listening Session – Huntington
Few things are as important to our lives and well-being as access to clean, safe drinking water. Yet, we face many challenges to securing clean water for all of us who drink from the Ohio: toxic chemical pollution, acid mine drainage, sewer overflows, runoff from farms and more. More
Issues: PollutionWaterwater quality
Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson July 12, 2022
Ohio River Listening Session – Marietta
Few things are as important to our lives and well-being as access to clean, safe drinking water. Yet, we face many challenges to securing clean water. More
Issues: PollutionWaterwater quality
Blog WVCAEF June 21, 2022
Wheeling Area: Learn How to Lower Your Electric Bill
Becoming more energy independent will help grow our local economy, too, which we desperately need after decades of layoffs. We will have information about how other places have had success diversifying and transitioning their economies. More
Issues: Energy
Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson June 17, 2022
Jammin’ for Jobs and Justice
This West Virginia Day, come hear Fletcher's Grove and other artists play at East Marion Park in Fairmont! More
Issues: Jobs
Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson June 13, 2022
MEDIA ADVISORY: MANCHIN, BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS ANNOUNCE GUN SAFETY AGREEMENT
“Today, we are announcing a commonsense, bipartisan proposal to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country. Families are scared, and it is our duty to come together and get something done that will help restore their sense of safety and security in their communities. Our plan increases needed mental health resources, improves school safety and support for students, and helps ensure dangerous criminals and those who are adjudicated as mentally ill can’t purchase weapons. Most importantly, our plan saves lives while also protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. We look forward to earning broad, bipartisan support and passing our commonsense proposal into law.” More