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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

August 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement on President Trump’s announcement that he plans to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency:

“I welcome President Trump’s announcement and the additional resources this declaration will give West Virginia to respond to this urgent public health crisis. Too many sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends have been lost to the disease of addiction throughout West Virginia.

August 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.), who helped found Lily’s Place in Huntington, issued the following statement regarding a recent news report on the organization:

“Cardinal Health should be ashamed of its accusations against Lily’s Place. I helped start Lily’s Place with dedicated nurses, doctors and community leaders to be part of the solution to the opioid crisis ravaging West Virginia.

July 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement after the Senate’s healthcare vote:

July 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped fund the construction of the border wall, provide healthcare for our veterans, give our troops a pay raise, and save the Appalachian Regional Commission.

All of these important priorities were included in H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which the U.S. House of Representatives passed 235-192 on Thursday.

July 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement after Senate Democrats voted against even debating the healthcare bill:

July 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Through his work on the House Appropriations Committee, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped ensure continued funding for black lung clinics and substance abuse treatment.

Black lung clinics will receive $7.2 million for Fiscal Year 2018, which Rep. Jenkins fought to include in the Labor-Health and Human Services Appropriations bill. The committee voted to approve the bill late Wednesday night.

July 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) voted late Thursday for hundreds of millions in funding for critical programs to fight the opioid epidemic, including the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program.

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.