December 10, 2013 — Sen. Joe Manchin said Monday he and his entire staff enrolled in the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance. Manchin said although there have been failures during the implementation of the law, there are many good aspects to the law that offer more health services to millions of hardworking Americans. Read Manchin and staff sign up for ACA on the WOWKTV.com website.
December 6, 2012 – Just five days into the relaunch of the new and improved HealthCare.gov, it’s probably too soon to say if the website is working properly in terms of technology. The initial numbers look good. Although important back-end problems remain, the site has handled close to a million users some days, and more people signed up Tuesday than in all of October. But we don’t need the stats to know the website is working in at least one important way: politically. Read 3 Ways You Can Tel the Health Care Website is Working in National Journal.
Friday, December 20, 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Canal House Cafe in Harpers Ferry.
Come to the Jefferson County Democrats Holiday Party at the Canal House Cafe. Main dish and some sides provided; additional side dishes are welcome. Bring your own drinks.
After dinner, join the community bonfire and caroling in the Canal House backyard, with hot chocolate, hot cider, eggnog and tasty treats. Bring your warm mittens and holiday cheer!
December 3, 2103 – On at least one front, the Affordable Care Act is beating expectations: its cost. Over the next few years, the government is expected to spend billions of dollars less than originally projected on the law, analysts said, with both the Medicaid expansion and the subsidies for private insurance plans ending up less expensive than anticipated. Read Cost of Health Care Law Is Seen as Decreasing in the New York Times.
December 2, 2013 — Sen. Jay Rockefeller is supporting the agreement Secretary of State John Kerry helped reach with Iran last weekend. “The agreement reached on Iran’s nuclear program is an important first step toward preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, which is critical to the security of the U.S. and its allies,” Rockefeller said in a statement released late Tuesday afternoon. … I urge all of my colleagues to come together in support of the agreement.” Read Rockefeller supports Iran agreement, while Manchin ‘optimistic’ in the Charles Town Gazette.
November 26, 2013 — Nearly two months after the health insurance enrollment window opened through the federal exchange serving West Virginia, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Riley reported progress for those seeking coverage. “It is operating much, much better now and people are successfully enrolling through the website,” said Riley of healthcare.gov, the federally-run enrollment portal for West Virginia and more than 30 other states. The enrollment period continues until March 31, 2014. Read Insurance commissioner: Health insurance enrollment going ‘much better now’ on the MetroNews website.
November 22, 2013 — Democrats recruited West Virginia State Auditor Glen Gainer to run in the 1st District in the aftermath of the government shutdown. But the party’s best opportunity in the state might be in the 2nd District, with a candidate that some national strategists were wary of earlier this year. Read The Most Competitive Race in West Virginia? in Roll Call.
November 20, 2013 — Sen. Jay Rockefeller thanked the Japanese government on Tuesday for awarding him the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun. The award, created in 1875 as Japan’s first national award, praises Rockefeller’s decades of work promoting economic and cultural relationships between the two countries. Read Rockefeller thanks the Japanese government for major award in the Charleston Gazette.
November 19, 2013 — In the seven months since legislation intended to alleviate state prison overcrowding was signed into law, the state’s inmate population has dropped by 253 and the backlog of inmates housed in state regional jails is down 554, Joe Garcia told legislators Monday.
“The numbers have been moving in the right direction,” Garcia, deputy general counselor for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, told the Legislative Oversight Committee on Regional Jails and Corrections. “We have seen from April to the present, a period of time where the numbers have decreased and have done so steadily.”
Read W.Va.’s inmate population down since new law signed since new law signed in the Charleston Gazette.