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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.

More on Health Care

June 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) voted this week to provide billions of dollars for veterans healthcare and improve accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday voted out the Fiscal Year 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bill. As a member of that committee, Rep. Jenkins advocated for funding for key priorities for West Virginia, including:

June 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that $70 million in federal grants are now available to help states, first responders, and recovery groups respond to the opioid crisis.

The grants were authorized by Congress in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which Rep. Jenkins championed and helped pass in July 2016.

May 17, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) joined more than 70 of his House colleagues in a bipartisan letter urging the Trump administration not to cut vital funding for drug programs.

May 17, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) introduced bipartisan legislation today to help expand care programs for drug-exposed newborns.

The Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies (CRIB) Act would build on the best practices of Lily’s Place in Huntington for treating babies born exposed to heroin, opioids and other drugs. It would also make it easier for similar centers to open across the country by cutting regulatory red tape.

May 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today regarding news that the White House plans to propose extensive cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy:

May 5, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) voted this week to provide billions of dollars for drug treatment, drug courts, mental health care, prescription drug monitoring, and drug diversion programs.

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Jenkins fought to make sure the fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill included funding to address the drug crisis ravaging our state and nation. President Trump signed the bill into law Friday afternoon.

May 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today after voting yes to pass the American Health Care Act:

“As West Virginia families are facing double-digit increases in their healthcare premiums, it’s clear that Obamacare is failing.

May 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that a deal has been reached to permanently secure healthcare benefits for our miners. House Speaker Paul Ryan sent a letter to Rep. Jenkins with more details on the agreement, which solves a critical issue for tens of thousands of miners in West Virginia and across the nation. Please click here to read the letter from Speaker Ryan.

April 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that West Virginia will be receiving a nearly $6 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help combat the opioid crisis.

The $5,881,983 grant was provided for by the 21st Century Cures Act, which Rep. Jenkins proudly supported when it passed the House in November 2016 and when it was funded in December. The grant will fund expanded access to treatment, education and prevention.

April 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) introduced a bipartisan bill on Monday to help improve prescription drug monitoring programs and reduce opioid abuse.