West Virginia Information

Contact Information

Mountain State PNHP
E-mail: mountainstatepnhp@citynet.net

Eastern Panhandle WV Single-Payer Action Network (EPSPAN)
Website: https://epspan.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EPSPANWVMedicareForAll
Email: medicareforall@epspan.org

EPSPAN Chapter Coordinator
Lynn Moses Yellott: (304) 671-0433

Media Contacts

David Baltierra
Charles Town, WV
(304) 724-8225

Dr. David Baltierra is program director of the WVU Rural Family Medicine Residency at West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in Harpers Ferry, WV. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical Center, and he completed a residency in family medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. More information is available at http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/eastern/fammed/aboutUs/Bios/facultyPhysicians/davidBaltierra.asp

Wayne C. Spiggle, M.D.
Keyser, WV
(304) 726-4868

Dr. Spiggle is the founding partner of the Braddock Medical Group, Cumberland. Semi-retired from medical practice, he now consults patients at the Tri-State Community Health Center. He is a county commissioner and serves as the chair of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland’s Health Care Task Force. Dr. Spiggle is a past president of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society. He helped organize Allegany Health Right and is currently involved in the development of WVRx, a prescription assistance program in his native state.

Matt Hahn, M.D.

Dr. Matt Hahn was the 2006 Maryland Family Physician of the Year and finalist for the 2007 American Family Physician of the Year. His practice is located in Hancock, MD, and he lives in Berkeley Springs, WV. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine, and completed a residency in family medicine at the York Hospital in PA.

Local Unions Endorsing HR676

  • Local 995, United Steelworkers (USW), Follansbee, WV
  • West Virginia AFL-CIO
  • West Virginia Brooke-Hancock Central Labor Council
  • Local 5668, United Steelworkers (USW)

West Virginia State News

Posted on Sunday, April 1, 2018

By Carol Paris, M.D. | Charleston (W.V.) Gazette-Mail, April 1, 2018
During the historic West Virginia teacher strike, 22,000 workers stood up and made themselves heard, shutting down schools statewide for nine full days, before finally settling on a 5 percent raise for state employees across the board.

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, March 7, 2018
A wildcat teachers’ strike that roiled West Virginia for nine long days ended on Tuesday, after the state government passed a 5% pay hike. For a state that doesn’t even allow state employees to engage in collective bargaining, this amounts to a historic victory. Yet much remains undone.

Posted on Saturday, November 11, 2017

By Jack Bernard | Charleston (W.V.) Gazette-Mail, November 11, 2017
Gallup surveys indicate that Americans view health care as a major national priority. But, they are confused about our health care system.

Posted on Monday, August 17, 2015

Shepherdstown Chronicle
Established in 1965, Medicare (along with Social Security), has been the foundation for health and financial well-being for Americans over 65. Medicare pays the greater part of medical bills for seniors and helps disabled people of all ages.

Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

By Chess Yellot, M.D. | Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town, W.Va.)
Isn’t it time to have a serious conversation on the question: why aren't we all covered by Medicare, regardless of age?

Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2015

By James Binder, M.D. | Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette-Mail
Medical students are taught empathic, patient-centered interviewing skills during the first two years of medical school. Patient-centered interviewing is strongly linked to better health outcomes in patients.

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015

By James Binder, M.D. | The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
Our country would be better able to help its citizens prevent and manage chronic illnesses if we adopted a single-payer system. Our current primary care structure is designed to treat acute illnesses. Primary care providers do not have adequate time or the training to effectively treat the increasing burden of chronic conditions in our society, conditions such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, substance use disorders, depression.

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015

By Lynn Moses Yellott and Chess Yellott, M.D. | The Observer (Shepherdstown, W.Va.)
Reflecting the excessively long and tortuous law, a lengthy and complicated Observer article (April 2015) asks “Has the Affordable Care Act Met Expectations?”

Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014

By the Editorial Board | The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
A Republican hospital consultant and university teacher wrote a Sunday Gazette-Mail analysis saying President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of Americans without medical insurance from 18 percent to 13 percent, so far.

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

By Chesley Yellott, M.D., and Lynn Moses Yellott | The Journal (Martinsburg, W.Va.)
We applaud Sen. Rockefeller's legacy of improving health care for West Virginians and others throughout the country. His legacy can be stellar if he stands up for replacing the system that leaves so many unable to afford health care with improved Medicare for all.

Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013

By Lynn Moses Yellott | The Journal (Martinsburg, W.Va.)
My husband, family physician Dr. Chess Yellott, and I celebrated Medicare's 48th birthday on Capitol Hill, attending a congressional briefing by Dr. Gerald Friedman, University of Massachusetts professor of economics. Friedman showed how the U.S. could save enough -- $592 billion in the first year alone -- to provide health care for all and eliminate premiums, co-pays, and deductibles by expanding Medicare to everyone. Financing would be entirely tax-based, and 95 percent of us would pay lower taxes for our health care than we now pay in premiums and out of pocket expenses.

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013

By the Editorial Board. | The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
If you think health care should be available to all Americans as a human right, you may be interested in a free public forum tonight at the University of Charleston.

Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013

By Kay Tillow | Firedoglake
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- They boarded buses and cars before dawn, some the night before, coming from the coalfields of Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and all across West Virginia. By Monday at 10 a.m. over 7,000 had packed into the giant Charleston Civic Center to voice their support for the 23,000 miners and their families who face the loss of their lifetime health benefits in a bankruptcy scam.

Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

By the Editorial Board | The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Health care should be a human right for all people. Medical insurance should be universal, covering everyone. It should be operated by government, the only sector with enough power to curb runaway trillion-dollar costs.

Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2013

By Hedda Haning, M.D. | Daily Mail (Charleston, W.Va.)
What's the matter with our health care?

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

By James Binder, M.D. | The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
A major shift is occurring in health and no one seems to be noticing. Computers have taken priority over patients. Wow! It doesn't matter whether the patient is seen in the emergency room, a physician's office or in a hospital, completing documentation on the computer is paramount. The patient better stay out of the way.

Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Journal (Martinsburg, W.Va.), Nov. 22, 2012
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Members of the Eastern Panhandle Single-Payer Action Network (EPSPAN) provided information to public employees attending the recent Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) hearing in Martinsburg. EPSPAN advocates "improved Medicare for all," a publicly funded health care system that is privately delivered.

Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012

By Hedda Haning, M.D. | The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has essentially approved the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate, what affect will it have?

Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

By Jack Bernard | Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
If the highly politicized Supreme Court overturns the individual mandate -- and possibly all of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act), where do we go from here?

Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012

By Hedda Haning, M.D. | Sunday Gazette-Mail (Charleston, W.Va.), April 1, 2012
I came to the conclusion long ago that we must have the same program for everyone: universal coverage for all, fair for everybody. We must take care of everyone equally if the system is to work and be supported as Social Security and Medicare are -- by a wide margin.

Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

By the Editorial Board | Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
Some federal courts are ruling that America's breakthrough 2010 medical reform is kaput because government cannot force people to pay for health insurance. If the historic reform eventually is killed, we hope it leads to a better alternative. We hope America finally joins other advanced democracies by adopting a government-run "single-payer" universal health plan covering every citizen.

Posted on Monday, February 28, 2011

By Steven Cotterill | Letters | The Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Chronicle
A more centralized healthcare system, which the healthcare reform act of last year didn't even come close to approaching, no more represents the beginnings of socialism than reading Nietzsche turns you into a nihilist. The one does not lead to the other.

Posted on Friday, February 26, 2010

Lynn Moses Yellott | Letter to the Editor | Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Chronicle
Every day, my husband, a physician at a community health clinic, treats people without health insurance who work one and two jobs. He provides the best care he can, but many cannot afford the tests and consultations they need. Some of his patients are among the more than 44,000 people a year in our country who die because they cannot get needed medical care. They deserve to suffer and die?