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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia

Health Care

As the former executive director of West Virginia State Medical Association, Congressman Evan Jenkins has a solid understanding of the issues facing our state and nation’s healthcare system. He believes the relationship between doctors and patients must be protected and should not be tainted by bureaucrats.

The congressman has voted multiple times to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) with commonsense, patient-centered health reforms that focus on lowering costs, keeping Washington out of the doctor-patient relationship, and improving access to quality health care. Since the disastrous implementation of Obamacare, premiums have skyrocketed, jobs have been lost, and the price tag of the law has skyrocketed to more than $1 trillion.

For West Virginia’s miners and their families, Evan will fight to preserve black lung benefits for coal miners. He introduced his first resolution in Congress to protect the black lung benefits program and ensure that miners will always have access to the benefits they need and deserve.

Congressman Jenkins has cosponsored and voted for commonsense health care reforms, including repealing the sustainable growth rate, the Independent Payment Advisory Board, and the medical device tax. He has also cosponsored legislation to repeal the tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans implemented through Obamacare – this punitive tax is universally opposed by both unions and businesses.

Rep. Jenkins is also working to advance research and development of new cures for diseases, cosponsoring and passing the 21st Century Cures Act. This important legislation increases funding for National Institutes of Health research into many diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. On the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Jenkins voted to increase NIH funding, promote mental health treatment, and expand preventative measures for diabetes.

Evan is working to increase access to care, especially for those in rural areas. Rep. Jenkins has cosponsored legislation to improve telehealth services and has voted for legislation to stop harmful cuts that would only hurt rural patients. He has also fought to make sure there is sufficient funding, resources, and a good working environment to keep doctors and facilities in communities throughout southern West Virginia.

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March 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) voted today to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act and fund a number of critical West Virginia priorities.

March 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) is continuing to push for passage of his legislation to ensure federal opioid epidemic funding goes to the states most affected, like West Virginia.

The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration announced on Monday that West Virginia will be receiving $330,000 in additional funding, as our state has the highest overdose death rate in the nation.

March 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today welcoming President Trump’s opioid initiative:

“I welcome the president’s announcement of new actions and priorities to address the opioid crisis, which has devastated communities and families in West Virginia.

March 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has told Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin that the transfer of a problematic VA employee from Oregon to West Virginia was “inappropriate” and must not happen again.

February 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that West Virginia has received federal approval to cover treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome, exposure to drugs like opioids during pregnancy. West Virginia is now the first state federally approved to cover NAS treatment at centers like Lily’s Place.

February 6, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) will vote later today on a government funding bill to prevent a government shutdown on Thursday – a bill Senate Democrats are already saying they will not pass.

January 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to reopen the government:

January 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and U.S. Representatives Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement calling on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to reopen the government:

January 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the government shutdown:

“This entire issue could have been avoided if Senate Democrats had worked with us. I joined my House colleagues days ago in sending the Senate a bill to keep our government open, provide for our national defense, pay our troops, and reauthorize CHIP for six years. Instead, Senate Democrats said no and stood fast in defending President Obama’s illegal immigration program.

January 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Throughout the day on Friday, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) will be highlighting on social media just how many children in West Virginia’s Third Congressional District depend on CHIP.

As of December 2017, 21,391 children in West Virginia were enrolled in CHIP, with 7,147 of those living in the Third District.