West Virginia University Institute for Health Policy Research is conducting health insurance focus group sessions across several communities throughout West Virginia in September.

The purpose of the study is to learn more about health and health insurance issues of West Virginians aged 50-64. The discussions are intended to identify barriers to health care coverage for this age group.

Residents of West Virginia between the ages of 50-64 without health insurance coverage are being asked to volunteer to participate in the focus group sessions. Each participant will receive $50 for providing their opinions about healthcare and insurance issues that affect them, their family and their community.

This project is funded through a grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in partnership with the West Virginia Health Care Authority. Gail R. Bellamy, Ph.D., Johnna Beane, B.A. and Melissa McCormick, M.A. are the investigators of this study for the Institute, with Dr. Bellamy as the project's principal investigator.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the West Virginia Health Care Authority at 1-888-558-7002, extension 252.

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