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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

January 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on a six-year reauthorization of CHIP.

The House first voted to reauthorize CHIP in November, but the Senate has failed to act. Rep. Jenkins has repeatedly urged House and Senate leaders to save this vital program.

January 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) is asking House leadership to include a long-term reauthorization of CHIP in upcoming government funding legislation.

“With continued reports that states’ CHIP programs are strained, now is the time to act on a long-term CHIP reauthorization. By passing a long-term solution, we can show that Congress stands with rural America and families across this country,” Rep. Jenkins wrote on Friday to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.

December 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today after voting to keep the government open, provide about $3 billion in critical funding for CHIP, and bring more than $30 million in disaster aid to West Virginia:

December 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has led a letter from the West Virginia House delegation urging the Senate to pass a long-term CHIP reauthorization and give families peace of mind this holiday season.

In the letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Reps. Jenkins, David McKinley and Alex Mooney wrote of the importance of CHIP to West Virginia and Appalachia.

November 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today on the nomination of Alex Azar as the new secretary of Health and Human Services:

November 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding the news that Cardinal Health CEO George Barrett is stepping down:

November 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) today helped pass a five-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP.

The legislation, the Championing Healthy Kids Act, passed the House 242-174 and now heads to the Senate. The bill also reauthorizes Federal Qualified Health Centers (community health centers) and the National Health Service Corps, among other programs.

November 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis today urged the Trump administration to support passage of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.). This bill would push states to enhance their use of prescription drug monitoring programs, a powerful tool to prevent opioid abuse.

October 31, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) and Annie Kuster (D-N.H.) introduced legislation today to ensure federal opioid epidemic funding goes to the states most affected, like West Virginia and New Hampshire.

Their legislation, the Federal Opioid Response Fairness Act, would ensure that states most affected by the opioid crisis receive much-needed resources under the 21st Century Cures Act, which authorized $1 billion in funding to address the drug crisis.

October 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) attended President Trump’s opioid announcement Thursday at the White House and issued the following statement after the event: