West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Governor Tomblin Announces WVCHIP to be available for dependents of state employees

8/22/2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced, pending federal approval, dependents of West Virginia state government employees will be eligible to apply for health insurance coverage with the West Virginia Children's Health Insurance Program (WVCHIP). Previously, these individuals were not eligible to apply for WVCHIP due to the federal program's eligibility restrictions.

"The good health of our children is of the utmost importance," Gov. Tomblin said. "Through this opportunity, we are seeking to protect and improve our children's quality of life and future by providing a more affordable insurance option for their families."

On September 1, 2013, the WVCHIP agency will notify the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of its intent to submit an amended state plan authorizing enrollment of public employees' children into WVCHIP. The CMS approval process is anticipated to begin in October with authorization anticipated by January 1, 2014. If approved, eligible PEIA members can explore this new option during open enrollment with WVCHIP coverage to begin July 1, 2014.

The Affordable Care Act changed federal CHIP eligibility requirements enabling WVCHIP to consider enrolling qualified dependents of state employees, who currently receive coverage under the WV Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA). If approved by CMS, the WVCHIP insurance would offer more affordable coverage and enhanced benefits for qualified children of state employees than PEIA currently does.

To qualify for WVCHIP, dependents of state employees must meet certain income guidelines. To learn more visit www.chip.wv.gov.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977