WV Governance & Leadership Forum


Join us on April 26th and 27th, 2019 for the 10th Anniversary of the Governance Forum at

The Resort at Glade Springs, Daniels, WV

Friday, April 26th  | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

Advanced Topics in Health Care Governance 

Beginning on Friday at 10:00 am, health care CEOs, other executives and Board leaders will explore topics being discussed in health care board rooms throughout West Virginia and the nation.

Topics include:

  • Explore CMS Priorities in the Transition to Value-Based Care
    – Patrick Hamilton, CMS
  • Board/CEO Relationship
    – Roger Hanshaw, Attorney, Bowles Rice; Speaker,
    WV House of Delegates
  • WV Alliance for Creative Health Solutions
    – Mary Ann Maurer, DO, CAMC Family Medicine Center and Amber Crist, COO, Cabin Creek Health Systems
  • Health Care Disruption:  Boom or Bust for Rural America
    – Sven Berg, CEO, Quality Insights
  • Health Care Board Members Must Be Compliance Leaders
    – Stacy Campbell, HR Director/Compliance Officer, NRHA

Friday, April 26th  |  5:00 PM

Reception and Rural Health Leadership Award Dinner

  • Keynote: Improving Health through Community Investment
    – Jen Giovannitti, President, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

Saturday, April 27th  |  8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Journey Upstream: Partnering to Improve Health and Economic Development in West Virginia’s Rural Counties

What makes rural communities thrive? Is your community attractive to small business owners and entrepreneurs? Creating a Culture of Health is more than just making healthy choices easier for residents, it is also about creating a community environment where business owners want to locate.
Join us as community leaders from health care, economic development, local government, education and other sectors work to identify policies, systems change and strategies to support active living, healthy eating and other strategies to create community environments supportive of economic growth and diversity and improve the health of local residents.

Topics include:

  • Understanding and Improving Health: Lessons from
    West Virginia and America’s “Poorest State”

    – Randy Wykoff, MD, MPH; Dean ETSU School of Public Health
  • Health Impact Assessment: A Framework for Addressing Community Health
    – Emily Bever; Senior Assoc., Health Impact Project;
    Pew Charitable Trusts
    – Dr. David Mathews, Principal, Red River Gorge Institute
  • Fostering Engagement of Residents with “Lived  Experience” in Community Health Improvement
    – Felicity Enders, Ph.D; Director Clinical Statistics; Mayo Clinic
  • Working to Change West Virginia’s Future One Community at a Time
    – Anne Cavalier, EdD, Mayor, Smithers, WV
    – Sally Hurst, Greenbrier County Health Alliance
    – Carrie Brainard, Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department
  • Wild, Wonderful and Healthy West Virginia: Building Capacity in Local Communities for Brighter Economy
    – Sharon Lansdale and Elaine Darling,
    The Center for Rural Health Development, Inc.
    – Renee Steffen, Executive Director, Sisters Health Foundation

>> Register online at wvgovernanceforum.org <<

For questions or more information call: 304.397.4071




2019 Rural Health Workforce Day

WV Legislative Photography, Photo by Perry Bennett

Now that the session has ended The West Virginia Rural Health Association would like to thank all of the Organizations and students who participated in the 2019 Rural Health Workforce Day at the West Virginia State Capitol on February 8, 2019.

WVAHC, Bluefield State, BOONE HOSPITAL, WVU-School of Nurses, WV Nurse Assoc, Prestera, Cava Banko, Mid-Ohio Valley Health Dept., Tiger Morton., DD Council, Hospice Care,  ALS,  The Health Plan, 1st Choice, WV Healthy Kids, WPCA , Int. Nurses Assoc., UCWV Pharmacy, CORE, WVU Inst. For Comm & Rural Health, WVDHHR, CRHD, WVSOM, WVSOMCRCH, Healthy Grand Families -WVS, Barbour Health Dept., MU, Quality Insights, New River Community College.

We need to build a strong partnership between health professionals and policy makers in this state.  Please join us next year to get involved in the legislative process February 14, 2020.




Late yesterday the House Finance Committee surprised everyone with HB 3136 – a bill that hits our poorest families with a work mandate for those on Medicaid – that no one had seen before and passed it without a hearing, fiscal note, or an opportunity to understand the impact on West Virginia’s families and economy.

  • HB 3136 will lead to tens of thousands more uninsured West Virginians.
  • West Virginia will lose millions of federal dollars that support our rural hospitals and providers.
  • The greater burden of uninsured patients will lead to higher bills for other patients and even closures.  And our economy and jobs will take a hit too.
  • HB 3136 will cost millions of dollars to administer.  It will pull our state into a costly lawsuit to strike down a work mandate as not advancing the purpose of the Medicaid statute.
  • Medicaid provides access to needed treatments that allow enrollees to control conditions (like diabetes or heart disease) so they can seek and maintain employment.  HB 3136 will set off a vicious cycle for enrollees who work but don’t have the flexibility to go to a doctor or any medical leave benefits – they will lose the very coverage that helps them be productive.
  • HB 3136 does nothing to create jobs.  It does not invest in work skills training or education so enrollees can get jobs that truly lift them out of poverty

PLEASE Call your House Delegate and Senator and ask them to oppose HB 3136. 

PLEAE Call the leadership in both chambers.  

For phone numbers go to http://www.wvlegislature.gov/ and click on the tabs for the House and Senate.

New Legislation Would Prevent Insurance Companies From Increasing Prescription Costs

New legislation has been introduced in the West Virginia State Legislature to prevent health insurance companies from increasing out-of-pocket costs for people requiring prescriptions.

Many insurers are establishing programs that make it more difficult for patients to reach their deductible by preventing patients from using copay assistance programs to pay down their deductible and copays.

Accumulator adjustment programs undermine the cost sharing predictability provided by copay assistance programs, leading to unintended consequences that harm patients.

At least one insurance company has started implementing this type of program in West Virginia, according to the West Virginia Insurance
Commissioner’s Office. Insurance companies in Ohio and several other states are implementing similar policies.

Many of West Virginia’s top health care and patient advocacy groups, including the West Virginia Rural Health Association, are calling on the West Virginia Legislature to pass HB2770/SB509, “Fairness in Cost-Sharing Calculation Act,” a measure that would ensure that the value of copay assistance programs is applied towards a patient’s deductible.

If this is an issue that impacts you, call your representative today and ask them to support the Fairness in Cost-Sharing Calculation Act, to protect West Virginians from this unfair practice of health insurance companies.