Minnetonka-based UnitedHealthcare is adding more than 100 jobs as the health insurer this summer becomes third-party administrator at the health plan for state government workers in West Virginia. The five-year contract will pay UnitedHealthcare about $15 million per year and includes "another potential $8 million in shared savings if provider network discounts are achieved," said Jason Haught, the CFO at the West Virginia Public Insurance Agency, in an e-mail to the Star Tribune. The new UnitedHealthcare employees will staff a new member-support center in Charleston, W.Va. "As we expand in West Virginia, we will continue to work with state and local health and community-based organizations to help improve the health of residents through the state and its communities," said Dan Schumacher, the UnitedHealthcare president and chief operating officer, in a statement. UnitedHealthcare is the nation's largest health insurer. The new contract will be run through the company's … [Read more...] about UnitedHealthcare growing in West Virginia
Updated 2:26 pm PST, Friday, January 25, 2019 FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Richard Ojeda, Democratic candidate for West Virginia's 3rd Congressional district, watches election results during his campaign's watch party at Special Occasions in Yuma, W.Va. Ojeda, a tattooed veteran who recently ran for Congress, says he isn't getting the money or attention needed to sustain a campaign for President. (Dylan Vidovich/The Logan Banner via AP, File) less FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Richard Ojeda, Democratic candidate for West Virginia's 3rd Congressional district, watches election results during his campaign's watch party at Special ... more Photo: Dylan Vidovich, AP Photo: Dylan Vidovich, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In … [Read more...] about West Virginia veteran exits from 2020 presidential race
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Some West Virginia lawmakers want to pitch in millions of dollars for President Donald Trump's wall-building effort along the U.S.-Mexico border. The GOP-led House of Delegates issued a statement Monday that a bill planned by three delegates would divert $10 million from West Virginia's current $186 million budget surplus for wall construction. Trump's seeking $5.7 billion overall to fund construction of a wall along about 235 miles (375 kilometers) of the border. The suggested offer from West Virginia would pay for a tiny fraction of the cost. Trump carried West Virginia by 42 percent points in the 2016 election, and 63 percent of state voters who cast midterm ballots approved of his job performance. Last week a Republican lawmaker in Montana proposed giving more than $8 million for the wall. … [Read more...] about West Virginia: Proposal to give $10m for Trump’s border wall
In a November TEDWomen talk, Huntington, West Virginia fire chief Jan Rader detailed her city’s approach to fighting the opioid epidemic. West Virginia has the country’s highest opioid overdose death rate. Huntington opened a clinic specializing in addiction treatment and created a Quick Response Team, whose members visit people who have recently overdosed, offering support. In her talk, Rader added that overdoses are down 40% in Cabell County, where Huntington is located. Addiction to opioids has caused a surge in fatal drug overdoses all across the country. But in West Virginia, the epidemic has proven particularly deadly. The state had the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the US in 2014, 2015, and 2016, according to data published by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. In one West Virginia city, however, a woman named Jan Rader has been fighting against that trend. Rader, a registered nurse and the first female fire chief of Huntington, West … [Read more...] about A fire chief in West Virginia helped change her city’s approach to the opioid epidemic. Now overdoses in her county are down 40%.
John Raby, Associated Press Updated 6:57 pm PST, Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Georgia Governor-elect Brian Kemp, middle, poses for photos with supporters during a stop in Augusta, Ga., as part of what he calls his "thank-you tour" Wednesday Jan. 9, 2019. Kemp says he plans to focus his first year in office on helping small businesses, cutting taxes and cracking down on violent gangs. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP) less Georgia Governor-elect Brian Kemp, middle, poses for photos with supporters during a stop in Augusta, Ga., as part of what he calls his "thank-you tour" Wednesday Jan. 9, 2019. Kemp says he plans to focus his ... more Photo: MICHAEL HOLAHAN, AP Photo: MICHAEL HOLAHAN, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Georgia Governor-elect Brian … [Read more...] about West Virginia gov proposes cutting Social Security tax