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June 18, 2017

Check-up reveals major problems: The health of West Virginia truly in crisis | Exponent Telegram

It might be easy to lose sight of this amid a state with a plethora of other problems, but West Virginia has a crisis in health. Gov. Jim Justice ran his campaign last year by rallying West Virginians around a common disillusionment with a penchant for finishing last in measures of national success. And though West Virginia isn't in last place, many would likely find it disconcerting to know the state ranks 48th in mortality rate, according to a study by the Institute for Health Metrics and … Continue Reading


June 18, 2017

Black lung clinics Support vital for retired miners | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

For more than a century, thousands of coal miners in the two Virginias have labored deep underground to help power our nation. Those same brave workers often risked injury and death to help fuel and protect our country. Unfortunately, many of these retired coal miners are now suffering from black lung disease, a debilitating, potentially fatal illness caused by long-term exposure to coal dust. They are in need of the best medical care possible. That's why we welcome the efforts of a group of … Continue Reading


June 16, 2017

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin: $36B Investment Possible with Ethane Hub | Wheeling Intelligencer

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin represents West Virginia, but he'll gladly share $36 billion worth of potential capital investment with Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky - which could become reality if any of these states can land an ethane storage hub. While meeting with numerous Upper Ohio Valley public officials and industry leaders Friday at the City-County Building in Wheeling, Manchin, D-W.Va., discussed both legislation he recently introduced to help make the ethane storage hub a reality, as well … Continue Reading


June 16, 2017

Manchin: Dept. of Education to reconsider WVU, WVSU funding requests | Charleston Gazette-Mail

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., says Education Secretary Betsy DeVos assured him her department is reconsidering the issue concerning funding requests from two West Virginia colleges that made small mistakes on their applications. The schools, West Virginia University and West Virginia State University, both recently learned they lost out on hundreds of thousands of federal dollars because of errors on their applications to the U.S. Department of Education, the federal department that oversees the … Continue Reading


June 08, 2017

EDITORIAL: Highest possible level of funding for black lung clinics should be approved | Times West Virginian

The nation's coal miners suffering from black lung disease need the best care possible. An effort is underway to help ensure that goal is met - that those suffering from the disease get the medical care they need and the essential benefits they have earned. Black lung disease is a debilitating, potentially fatal disease caused by long-term exposure to coal dust and impacts thousands of individuals who have played a major role in the energy economy of the United States. A group of U.S. … Continue Reading


June 07, 2017

Senators call for highest level of funding for black lung clinics | Beckley Register Herald

by Wendy Holdren

A group of U.S. Senators, including Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has requested the highest level of funding - $10 million - in Fiscal Year 2018 to support black lung health clinics. Black lung disease, a debilitating, potentially fatal disease caused by long-term exposure to coal dust, impacts thousands of individuals who have played a major role in energy economy. In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and … Continue Reading


May 13, 2017

Manchin meets with UMWA in Beckley to discuss pension legislation | Beckley Register Herald

by Wendy Holdren

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., shook the hands and slapped the backs of the retired miners gathered Friday at the UMWA office in Beckley. "We're going to get it done," Manchin said of their pensions as he made his way through the crowd. "We're halfway there." Congress reached an agreement earlier this month creating a permanent solution to fund health care benefits for retired miners' and their widows, as promised to them in 1946 with the Krug-Lewis agreement. "We had to fight for five … Continue Reading


April 01, 2017

Sunday Perspective: Behind each opioid death statistic | Charleston Gazette Mail

On the floor of the U.S. Senate, Sen. Joe Manchin read a grieving letter from a West Virginia couple outlining years of struggle in a doomed attempt to save their son from opioid addiction. Renee and Criss Fisher wrote that their tall son Nick had a happy boyhood and became a basketball star. His high school team won a 2011 state championship, then he played for Glenville State College. He fell in love with a girl and they soon had a son. She was prescribed pain-killers after childbirth - … Continue Reading


March 10, 2017

LifeBOAT Act | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Measure merits congressional support Eleven lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., have reintroduced the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act (LifeBOAT Act), an important measure that would establish a permanent funding stream to provide and expand access to substance abuse treatment. "A major barrier that those suffering from opioid addiction face is insufficient access to substance abuse treatment," Manchin said last week. "These are people who have recognized that … Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Manchin introduces Vet Connect act to reduce opioid abuse among veterans | WDTV

Washington, D.C. (WDTV) - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Vet Connect Act of 2017, which would streamline health records sharing between the Department of Veterans Affairs and community healthcare providers, on Monday. Under current law, veterans being treated for drug abuse, alcoholism or alcohol abuse, infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), or sickle cell anemia must provide written consent to the VA in order to share their health records with their community … Continue Reading


December 02, 2016

Manchin ready to keep Congress in session if there’s no vote on Miners Protection Act | MetroNews

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says he'll do what he has to do procedurally to keep Congress in session until Christmas if the provisions of the Miners Protection Act aren't included in a bill to continue the funding of the federal government. Manchin and fellow U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito have been pushing a financial fix for the program that has guaranteed funding of union miners' pensions and lifetime health care since the 1940's. The provisions of the Miners Protection … Continue Reading


December 02, 2016

Manchin in the middle | Washington Examiner

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Joe Manchin said not a day goes by that someone doesn't ask him if he wants to switch from Democrat to Republican. Every day? "Every day," he answers. From colleagues in Washington to Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the senior U.S. senator from the Mountaineer State is persistently but politely nudged to make the leap. Has he ever considered it? "Not one day," he said. "I am not far Right, and I am not far Left. I am a proud West Virginia … Continue Reading


October 12, 2016

Sen. Manchin speaks to PCHS juniors and seniors | The Inter-Mountain

FRANKLIN - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin,D-W.Va. told Pendleton County High School juniors and seniors Thursday that their generation is the hope of the world. "You are an elite class in the world today with more opportunities that anyone else. You are the luckiest young people on earth; I hope you take advantage of it," Manchin said. Manchin emphasized education and nonuse of opiates. He discussed his ability to make appointments to the service academies which could provide a great education as … Continue Reading


July 29, 2016

Manchin says flood victims have not been forgotten | Beckley Register-Herald

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin Thursday visited portions of Greenbrier County devastated by heavy June 23 floods. The site tours were part of a two-day trip were he met with local and federal officials to assess and discuss ways to help flood victims return to their normal lives and develop projects that could help prevent future floods in the face of "biblical" rains, Manchin said. As approximately 30 children finished their lunches, Manchin arrived at the White Sulphur … Continue Reading


July 19, 2016

Tomblin and Manchin catch the first Uber ride in West Virginia | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Uber rides are now available in the state of West Virginia. On Monday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin were the first passengers in the state to catch a ride in Charleston. "I'm real excited and pleased to be riding with my senior Senator," Tomblin said with laugh. "I have my app. See?" Manchin said as he showed reporters his request for a ride through Uber's mobile app. Tomblin and Manchin took a ride from Capitol Market to the state … Continue Reading


June 17, 2016

Manchin donates flags to Martinsburg Little League in honor on Flag Day | Martinsburg Journal

MARTINSBURG - In honor of Flag Day, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., donated several flags across the state on Tuesday, and one of the recipients was the Martinsburg Little League. "Every day, schoolchildren, Scouts, veterans, community leaders - in fact, Americans all across this great land - pledge their allegiance to the Stars and Stripes,"Manchin said in a press release. Keith McIntosh, state projects coordinator and representative for Manchin, presented Dr. Bill Queen, president of the … Continue Reading


June 17, 2016

Sen. Manchin includes Skana Aluminum in regional tour | The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG - Sen. Joe Manchin made five stops in North Central West Virginia on Friday to discuss important issues with businesses and community organizations. Manchin's Harrison County stop was Skana Aluminum Co., formerly Precision Coil. "I've known this facility for quite some time," he said. "I've known it when it was up, and I've known it when it was down and out. To see it come back and now have 56 good jobs and 56 families depending on it is really something." Though … Continue Reading


June 02, 2016

Miner benefits: Action needed on critical measure | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Editorial

A group of 27 lawmakers are correctly urging Congress to vote on the Miners Protection Act before they leave Washington for the summer recess. The proposed legislation would address the impending loss of health and pension benefits for thousands of our coal miners, as well as the looming multi-employer pension crisis facing hundreds of thousands of other working Americans. The Miners Protection Act, if approved by Congress, would specifically protect both the health care and pension benefits … Continue Reading


May 25, 2016

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin Wants Opioid Tax for Treatment Programs | Wheeling Intelligencer

by Alec Berry & Casey Junkins

WHEELING - Sen. Joe Manchin introduced legislation Tuesday that would impose a 1-cent tax on each milligram of active opioid ingredient sold as prescription pain medication, as he believes this would generate up to $2 billion annually to combat substance abuse. Manchin joined several Senate colleagues to introduce the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act, which supporters are referring to as the "LifeBOAT Act." The legislation endeavors to curb abuse of opioids - including … Continue Reading


May 25, 2016

Manchin's Act turns pennies into gold | Beckley Register Herald

by Editorial

There is a pit bull terrier hounding the opioid drug overdose epidemic in this country and his name is Joe Manchin. Luckily for us here in West Virginia, he is our U.S. senator. Manchin, who has studied the issue as closely as any politician in DC, is now pushing something called the LifeBOAT (Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment) Act, which establishes a penny fee on each milligram of active opioid ingredient in a prescription pain pill. The tax would be used to provide and expand access … Continue Reading

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