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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 122 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 122

(By Delegates Perdue, Boggs and Moye)

 

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the rural health workforce in West Virginia; and

    Whereas, West Virginians from rural areas across the state rely on their local rural health care system including hospitals, community health centers, free clinics and private primary care providers to provide critical services; and

    Whereas, West Virginia’s rural health care system struggles to recruit and retain adequate workforce to meet the health care needs of its population; and

    Whereas, In 2012, all but five West Virginia counties were below the national average of physicians per 100,000; and

    Whereas, The federal government currently classifies sixteen rural West Virginia counties in whole or in part as primary care Health Professional Shortage Areas; and

    WHEREAS, An estimated 300,000 West Virginians could possibly become newly insured under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and many of these citizens live in rural areas; and

    WHEREAS, The West Virginia Rural Health Association released its 2012 report “Health Care in West Virginia: A Workforce Analysis” providing an inventory of West Virginia’s health care workforce and also held community forums across the state to collect feedback on the state’s rural health workforce needs; and

    WHEREAS, Building a strong health care system across West Virginia will not only improve community health and quality of life but also foster economic development; therefore be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study West Virginia’s rural health workforce and potential strategies for improving rural West Virginians’ access to health care; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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