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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

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.

March 9, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On the House floor Thursday, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) shared the story of a retired Raleigh County coal miner who he met at the UMWA Career Center last Friday.

Preston Thomas of Raleigh County mined coal for 36 years before retiring in 2010, and he relies on the benefits he earned to provide prescription drug coverage for his wife. If the miners’ healthcare benefits are allowed to expire, his wife will not have access to the medications she needs.

March 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that the Byrd amendment and its black lung benefits are protected as Congress considers the American Health Care Act.

March 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today on the introduction of the American Health Care Act:

“I am carefully reading and reviewing this bill to make sure it meets the needs of West Virginians, which includes empowering families to make their own healthcare choices, protecting patients with pre-existing conditions, and ensuring access to care for low-income individuals.

January 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has led a bipartisan letter asking President Trump’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services to prioritize treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Neonatal abstinence syndrome is the diagnosis for newborns born exposed to opioids or other drugs during pregnancy. It is estimated that nearly 5 percent of newborns in West Virginia are born with NAS.

January 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that he has helped secure a $563,331 grant for the Lincoln County Primary Care Center in Hamlin from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The grant helps fund the operations of the Lincoln County Primary Care Center, which provides much-needed health services for area residents.

January 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has been named again to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, the powerful committee that sets the budget for all federal agencies and departments.

Rep. Jenkins served on the committee during the 114th Congress. Subcommittee assignments are expected to be announced later this month.

January 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) reintroduced his resolution to protect black lung benefits when Obamacare is replaced, saying Congress must reaffirm its commitment to providing for our miners who become ill due to their work.

January 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) urged the new Congress to pass legislation now to protect pensions and healthcare benefits for our miners and their widows.

“We must act now to keep the promise. We must honor their work in the mines by protecting the pensions and healthcare benefits they worked their whole lives to earn. We must pass legislation I’ve cosponsored to protect these hard-earned benefits for families like Rita Blankenship of McDowell County, who wrote me asking for help,” he said on the House floor Wednesday morning.