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Patients Should Be Able to Afford Life-Saving Drugs

In America today, we have life-saving drugs that treat debilitating diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Unfortunately, a patient in need may have trouble paying for these miracle cures, even if they have insurance. Some patients face out-of-pocket costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

That is why I re-introduced bipartisan legislation this week to give patients and their family peace of mind about paying for their treatment. The Patients’ Access to Treatment Act(PATA)would make these specialty drugs affordable for all, with predictable co-pays clear costs.

We held a press conference with the Arthritis Foundation, the American College of Rheumatology, and a young woman named Alexis treating her lupus with a specialty drug, to announce the legislation. Here I am with Rep. Lois Capps(D-CA), and Alexis.

Strengthening Medicare

On Thursday, the House overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation to protect access for seniors, save billions of dollars, and strengthen Medicare. I was proud to support this reform that brought Democrats and Republicans together to solve a real problem for America’s seniors.

For too long, the “sustainable growth rate”, which would cause destructive cuts to payments for Medicare doctors, has hung over seniors and their care providers. With the legislation passed this week, that threat is removed and seniors can have peace of mind that Medicare will be there for them.

We Must Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

This week, the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held a hearing on prescription drug abuse and what the federal government can do to combat it. Watch my opening remarks here:

One of the effective programs we have encouraged is the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas(HIDTA)program. I led a letter to the Appropriations Committee to ensure this successful program receives full funding in 2016. Read the letter here.

Visitors in Washington

We had another great week of visitors to our DC office. It is always a pleasure to see so many West Virginians make the trek to say hello and petition their government. One of our guests this week was the West Virginia Bankers Association:

Mountaineers Finale Update

The Mountaineers had a great basketball season, and all their fans should be thankful. After a terrific regular season, especially the dramatic finish over Kansas, they made it out of the first weekend of March Madness and gave their fans a season to be proud of. Looking forward to next season already!

Have a great week,

David McKinley

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