Sorry, here’s another hepatitis outbreak…this time from a West Virginia private clinic that is signed up with the Veteran’s Choice Program. There is a large VA Medical Center in Beckley so they may not get many referrals. (Veterans Choice Provider Locator Link). Or maybe they do because I see only one MD board-certified in Cardiovascular Disease in their “Our Doctors” listing.
The Associated Press (AP) reported on the recent problem at the Raleigh Heart Clinic in Beckley, WV. Seems like the staff has been slacking off while administering cardiac stress tests and giving dirty injections.
VISN 6 Newsletter (LINK) page 10 acknowledges Choice debt collection problems.
West Virginia has an estimated 116,000 uninsured non-elderly adults–which seems like a lot considering the state expanded Medicaid. The expansion is 138% of the Federal Poverty Level: $16,242 gross income per year or $1,353 a month. (LINK). For someone who is working full-time, they gross $7.86 per hour. The Kaiser Family Foundation research states that about 48% of the population are Medicaid eligible and 27% are ACA tax credit eligible; 25% are ineligible for reasons such as citizenship or income. (LINK). So the state has a lot of work to do to get people signed up for health insurance. There is no way West Virginians could pay for anti-viral treatments without it.