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West Virginia Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to West Virginia.

 

Employment

Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
800.669.4000
info@eeoc.gov
www.eeoc.gov

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network
800.526.7234
jan@AskJAN.org
www.AskJAN.org

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division
866.487.9243
www.dol.gov/whd

State Fair Employment Agency
West Virginia Human Rights Commission
304.558.2616 or 888.676.5546
www.hrc.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Vocational Rehabilitation
West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
800.642.8207 or 304.356.2060
www.wvdrs.org

More Employment Resources

Health Insurance

West Virginia Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)
800.318.2596
www.wvdrs.org

West Virginia Department of Insurance
304.558.3386
www.wvinsurance.gov/

COBRA
U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration
866.444.3272
www.dol.gov/ebsa

COBRA-West Virginia
West Virginia Department of Insurance
304.558.3386
www.wvinsurance.gov/

State Children's Health Insurance Program
West Virginia CHIP
877.WVA.CHIP
www.chip.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family
InsureKids.gov
https://www.insurekidsnow.gov/coverage/wv/index.html

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicaid Programs

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Medicaid
304.558.1700
www.dhhr.wv.gov/bms/Pages/default.aspx

State Medicaid Program for In-Home Care
Medicaid Aged and Disabled Waiver (ADW) Program
http://www.wvseniorservices.gov/HelpatHome/MedicaidAgedandDisabledWaiver/tabid/77/Default.aspx

West Virginia Health Insurance Premium Payment (WHIPP) Program
855.888.3003
https://www.mywvhipp.com/

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicare

Medicare
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
800.MEDICARE (633.4227)
www.medicare.gov

Medicare & You

Medicare Assistance
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
304.558.3317
http://www.wvship.org

More Health Insurance Resources

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
WorkForce West Virginia
304.558.7800
www.wvcommerce.org/business/workforcewv

Agency: Workforce West Virginia

Information and filing available at https://workforcewv.org/unemployment/claimants. Weekly certification claims for benefits can be filed online or by phone: https://workforcewv.org/unemployment/claimants/filing-a-weekly-claim. The maximum weekly benefit amount available is $424. Benefits may be claimed for a maximum of 26 weeks. Initial payments will be made to eligible claimants approximately two to three weeks after filing. Payment is available via debit card or direct deposit. Most claimants are required to register with their local job search services office before week six of claiming benefits. The number of job search contacts that each claimant must make per week depends on the claimant’s work experience and the current job market. There is a comprehensive guidebook available here: https://workforcewv.org/images/files/Claimants/CLAIMANT_HANDBOOK-_REVISION-2-09-16_2_002.pdf. Customer service can be reached via email: Workforce-UCproceduresunit@wv.gov or by phone: 1-800-252-5627.

Updates related to West Virginia unemployment benefits and Covid-19: https://dhhr.wv.gov/Coronavirus%20Disease-COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx and https://workforcewv.org/covid19

State Clinical Trials Law

The ACA requires that most, non-grandfathered, group health plans provide coverage for the routine costs when participating in clinical trials. Some states have more consumer protections. Click here for more information about clinical trials.

W. Va. Code §§33-25F-2, 5-16-7d, 5-16B-6a – 6b, 9-2-12 – 12a – These sections apply to insurers and non-profit group and individual health service plans. These entities must provide coverage for patient costs resulting from participation in clinical trials testing for life threatening conditions and cancer studies.

For both types of trials, coverage is limited to Phases II, II and IV.  The study must be approved by either:  (1)  NIH, (2) NIH cooperative group or center, (3) U.S. F.D.A. in the form of an investigational new drug application or device exemption, (5) U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, or (6) a state IRB with a multiple project assurance contract approved by the Office of Protection from Research Risks of the NIH.  The faculty and personnel providing the treatment must be capable of doing so because of their experience.  A clearly superior, non-investigational treatment alternative must not exist, and the patient’s physician must recommend participation as being appropriate treatment. Reimbursement for treatment by an out of network or noncontracting provider shall be reimbursed at a rate which is no greater than that provided by an in network or contracting provider. Coverage shall not be required if the out of network or noncontracting provider will not accept this level of reimbursement. (Updated 1/2011)

http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Text_HTML/2003_SESSIONS/rs/BILLS/hb2675%20enr.htm