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June 19, 2018

Bill would require federal study on addiction treatment infrastructure | Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would require a federal study on the substance use disorder treatment infrastructure in the U.S. Specifically, the Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to evaluate and report on the capacity of both residential and inpatient treatment facilities along with the status of their availability and needs. "In order for the government to properly allocate funding, we need to know exactly how … Continue Reading

June 19, 2018

W.Va. to recieve nearly $3 million for cancer prevention programs | Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will receive nearly $3 million in funding for cancer prevention and control programs. The funding is being provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "One in eight West Virginians will suffer from cancer during their lifetime," said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. "The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources does important work in maintaining the state's … Continue Reading

June 18, 2018

Manchin, clergy meet to discuss pre-existing conditions and health care | WV News

by Michael Lemley

BRIDGEPORT - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., met with priests, ministers and pastors of various faiths Monday to discuss the impact of allowing denial of health care due to pre-existing conditions. The meeting was held as a roundtable-style discussion that allowed the participants to bring their concerns and feelings on the issue to the senator. Many also gave accounts of problems related to the issue, either personal or those of the members of their respective congregations. Manchin … Continue Reading

June 17, 2018

Bill would map opioid treatment facilities | Martinsburg Journal

by Jim McConville

MARTINSBURG - Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. wants to create a special U.S. map to show where opioid addiction treatment facilities are - and where they are not - around the country. Manchin and Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, recently introduced the "Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act" to commission the Government Accountability Office to identify and map out opioid treatment centers state by state. The study would identify facilities by geographic region and demographic group, such as … Continue Reading

June 05, 2018

Manchin: State DRC model should be used nationwide | Martinsburg Journal

by Jim McConville

MARTINSBURG - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin , D-W Va., said he plans to pitch West Virginia's day report centers as models for treating opioid addicts on a national level, claiming it's a more effective and economically efficient approach than incarceration in federal and state jails. To that end, Manchin plans to approach the Federal Bureau of Prisons to explain that DRCs in Ranson and in Martinsburg take a holistic approach toward treating opioid addicts, with both medical and therapeutic … Continue Reading

May 30, 2018

Manchin working to ensure state broadband map coverage is accurate | Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a waiver to participate as a challenger in the Mobility Fund Phase II challenge process, to make sure that broadband coverage maps in West Virginia are accurate. "In 2015, the FCC thought that 99.9 percent of Americans had access to wireless coverage, so I brought the chairman to West Virginia so he could see for himself the challenges we face every day," Manchin said. "This waiver allows me to fully … Continue Reading

May 30, 2018

Sen. Joe Manchin tours Bureau of Fiscal Services | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Brett Dunlap

PARKERSBURG - There is important work happening at the Bureau of Fiscal Services offices in Parkersburg that helps keep the U.S. government operating, a U.S. senator said Tuesday. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was in town Tuesday to tour the local offices of the Bureau of Fiscal Services (the former Bureau of Public Debt) and to speak at the commencement for Parkersburg High School. Manchin, who sits on the Senate's Appropriations Committee with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., was … Continue Reading

May 11, 2018

Manchin, Capito announce more than $1.7 million for maternal and child health | Princeton Times

CHARLESTON - This week, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,714,764 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for West Virginia Health and Human Resources for Maternal and Child Health Services. "The health of our families begins with the health of mothers and children. This funding will support programs that invest in the health of West Virginia mothers and children. When … Continue Reading

April 27, 2018

Legislation Introduced to Expand West Virginia's Handle with Care Program | Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

A group of U.S. Senators have introduced the Handle with Care Act to recognize and build on the successful program in West Virginia, which aids children impacted by the opioid epidemic. The Handle with Care program connects children who interact with law enforcement in domestic violence situations, drug raids, overdoses, and more, to school resources that are designed to provide the child with trauma-informed care. The legislation was introduced by U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Shelley … Continue Reading

April 23, 2018

Important Measure Will Protect Coal Jobs | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Two West Virginia lawmakers have introduced an important measure that seeks to ensure the continued operation of coal-fired power plants in the Mountain State and across the country. The Energy Reliability Act of 2018 was introduced last week by U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. The proposed measure would provide a temporary federal tax credit to support the nation's coal-fired electric generation fleet in an effort to ensure coal-fired units are … Continue Reading

April 11, 2018

Manchin Asks DHHS Secretary to Work on Jessie's Law Standards | Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create and disseminate the standards required through Jessie's Law as soon as possible. Jessie's Law, included in the FY18 spending bill, aims to help ensure that medical professionals have full knowledge of their patient's previous opioid addiction if the patient provides that information. In a letter to DHHS Secretary Alex Azar, Manchin detailed the life of the young woman for whom the law was … Continue Reading

April 09, 2018

Amtrak urged to release details about new policy | Huntington Herald Dispatch

by Fred Pace

HUNTINGTON - One West Virginia politician is urging Amtrak to provide more information on its new policy concerning private and charter trains. Recently, Amtrak officials announced the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society will no longer be allowed to operate any private car moves out of Huntington on Amtrak's tri-weekly Cardinal train. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., sent a letter to Richard Anderson, the president and chief executive officer of Amtrak, requesting that he provide … Continue Reading

March 28, 2018

Congratulations on Jessie's Law, to prevent another opioid death | WV Gazette Mail

It seems heart-breakingly obvious, now. Display a patient's opioid problem as prominently as their drug allergies in medical records so treating physicians cannot miss it. This is Jessie's Law, pushed by Sen. Joe Manchin and included in the omnibus budget bill that recently passed Congress. By now, readers know the story. Vivacious Jessie Grubb, after dealing with a sexual assault in college in Asheville, N.C., became addicted to opioids. Treatment after treatment, she relapsed. But by … Continue Reading

March 24, 2018

Erma Byrd Job Fair brings opportunity to southern West Virginia | WV Metro News

BEAVER, W.Va. - Hundreds of people entered the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center Friday with resumes in hand. The U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Regional Job Fair featured a total of 144 employers from numerous industries. Event partners included WorkForce West Virginia, Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin's Office. New to this year's event was a partnership with recently-moved WVU Tech in Beckley. WVU Tech … Continue Reading

March 23, 2018

Jessie's Law finally on the books | Beckley Register-Herald

by Matt Combs

In March 2016, Jessie Grubb walked into a hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to have surgery for a running-related injury. At discharge, a doctor gave the West Virginia native a prescription for 50 oxycodone pills, not knowing that Jessie was a recovering addict. The next day the young woman fatality overdosed on the prescription pills. "When she was discharged, the physician just simply did what he always does," said Jessie's father, David Grubb, said during a conference call. "He … Continue Reading

March 22, 2018

Free black lung exams offered next week in southern towns | Logan Banner

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Mobile Occupational Safety and Health Units will be set up in Delbarton, Man and Logan next week to provide free black lung exams, according to a release from the office of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin. Miners should call 1-888-480-4042 to make an appointment. Walk-ins will be taken as time allows. According to NIOSH, the exam typically takes 30 minutes and includes a short questionnaire, blood pressure screening, a chest x-ray, and a … Continue Reading

March 14, 2018

Manchin, Capito Send Letter Concerning Staffing at Federal Prisons | WV MetroNews

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., sent a letter Tuesday to the head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons about low staffing levels at West Virginia prison and related consequences. In the letter to Director Mark Inch, the senators said they were "extremely disappointed" in the lack of progress regarding increased funding for federal correctional institutions in West Virginia. They added while they understand the challenges presented under the current … Continue Reading

March 14, 2018

Committee to Meet to Find a Solution to Pension Plan Crisis | Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendey Holdren

The first in a series of meetings and hearings will be held today to work toward a bipartisan solution to the multi-employer pension plan crisis. The pension crisis threatens nearly 86,000 coal miners nationwide, including more than 26,000 in West Virginia. The Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pensions Plans meets today at 10 a.m. The meeting will be streamed live at The Joint Select Committee was created as part of the overall budget compromise … Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

Lincoln County schools given $440K tech award | Charleston Gazette Mail (AP)

HAMLIN (AP) - A West Virginia school board has been chosen to receive more than $440,000 for video conference technology to provide distance learning. The $440,295 award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture was announced Friday by West Virginia's two U.S. senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito. A news release from Manchin's office said the funding will help provide interactive distance learning services to eight sites in Lincoln County. The release said the … Continue Reading

March 09, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $223K for Health Research

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) have awarded $223,871 to health research organizations in West Virginia. The funding will be used for Ryan White Part C Outpatient EIS Program research at Charleston Area Medical Center and West Virginia University. "CAMC and WVU are conducting important research and providing primary … Continue Reading

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