FACTSHEET: HOW DELAYING BUILD BACK BETTER HURTS WEST VIRGINIANS

Every Day That Passes in 2022, West Virginians Are Feeling the Impact of Congress’ Failure to Pass the Build Back Better Act

The expiration of several crucial public investments on January 1, 2022, including Black Lung Trust funding and the expanded child tax credits, means that West Virginians are already being hurt by the failure to pass the Build Back Better Act. Here’s a rundown of how West Virginians are being impacted until Congress passes the Build Back Better Act:

Black Lung

  • Funding rates for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund expired on December 31, 2021, causing a 55% reduction in funding.
  • The reduction in funding comes as black lung disease among coal miners has risen to historically unprecedented levels. The incidence rate of black lung has doubled nationwide since 2000 and 1 in 5 coal miners in Central Appalachia now have the disease.
  • The Build Back Better would extend full funding rates for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund through December 31, 2025.

Child Tax Credit + Earned Income Tax Credit 

  • Without the Build Back Better Act, 103,000 working West Virginians will miss out on up to $1,500 in tax cuts from the extension of the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit.

Child Care

  • Without Build Back Better, West Virginia will lose the chance to create and support an estimated 6,010 new jobs in child care over 10 years.

  • Without Build Back Better, West Virginia married parents will miss out on average savings of up to $5,750 a year on child care costs; single parents could save up to $5,850 a year.

  • The Build Back Better Act could provide child care access to about 94,170 low-income West Virginia children, and ensure families pay no more than 7% of their income for high-quality child care.

Elder Care + Home & Community Based Services (HCBS)

Universal Pre-K

  • Only about 25% of West Virginia 3- and 4-year-olds have access to publicly-funded preschool; preschool in West Virginia cost about $8,600 per year for those who couldn’t access a publicly-funded program.

  • Without Build Back Better, West Virginia will miss out on expanded access to free preschool for over 27,753 additional 3- and 4-year-olds, as well as improved quality of education for those already enrolled.

  • The Build Back Better Act would raise wages for child care and pre-k workers, leading to an overall increase in wages of $5.4 million to these West Virginia workers.

Clean Energy

Paid Leave

Child Hunger

  • In West Virginia, 21% of children live in food insecure households.

  • Without Build Back Better, West Virginia will miss out on expanded access to free school meals for an additional 38,000 West Virginia students, and summer lunch programs for 204,542 students.

Housing

Health Care

  • Without the Build Back Better Act, 31,000 West Virginians will remain without health coverage, resulting in a failure to close the Medicaid coverage gap.

  • Without the Build Back Better Act, an estimated 441,852 West Virginians will remain without guaranteed or expanded Medicare coverage of hearing benefits.

  • The Build Back Better Act would also extend premium tax credits so that 20,800 West Virginians can continue to save hundreds of dollars a year on premium costs, a national average of $600.

Prescription Drugs