Expanding Affordable Health Care Coverage

Expanding affordable and quality health care to more people is always one of my top priorities. On Tuesday, we hosted a forum with health care professionals at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV.  At the event, doctors, nurses, small business owners, and other health care stakeholders discussed affordability and accessibility to rural communities. 



Despite the passage of Obamacare, working families are still struggling to afford health care coverage because of higher premiums, higher co-pays, and higher deductibles. Our forum was about bringing medical professionals, business leaders, and concerned citizens together to discuss how we can lower costs and make coverage available to more people. One of the ways we can do so is through new telehealth services that allow people in rural areas access to medical care. Other states are taking advantage of this new technology and it’s important that we promote these services in West Virginia.  To read more about our forum, click here.

Promoting Chemical Safety Reform

This week we also attended the West Virginia Chamber Annual Meeting and Business Summit. There, we discussed many important issues including chemical safety reform at the Chemistry Industry Council roundtable on Thursday morning. Earlier this year, Congress passed an overhaul to the Toxic Substances Control Act(TSCA), reforming chemical safety laws for the first time in almost 40 years. This legislation is an example of a bipartisan success and it will help protect Americans from the harms of dangerous chemicals.



Combating Opioid Abuse

Many Americans understand the pains that come from substance abuse and addiction. The opioid epidemic has been ravaging the country for the last several years. According to the Department of Health and Human Services(HHS), the rate of overdose deaths related to opioid abuse has nearly quadrupled since 1999. Americans are losing their lives and families are being torn apart. That is why it was so important for us to act. 



Congress passed and the President signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act to combat opioid abuse. This is important legislation that will prevent further drug abuse and help save lives. On Thursday morning, I was pleased to join Congressmen Mooney and Jenkins to discuss this important topic at the West Virginia Chamber Annual Meeting. To read more about this event, click here.  Going forward we must continue to work together to fight drug abuse and addiction.

On Friday it was announced that two local drug prevention groups, the Ohio County Substance Abuse Prevention and Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention, will each receive a $125,000 grant from the Drug Free Community Support Program to help fight drug abuse. This announcement was welcomed by local officials. To read their statements and learn more about the grants, click here

College Football is Here – Go Mountaineers!

The start of college football is one of the best times of year! West Virginia University is going to be celebrating its 125th season and it promises to be a great one. Kickoff is on Saturday against the Missouri Tigers in Morgantown at noon.  Go Mountaineers!

Labor Day

This coming Monday is Labor Day, a time to honor the hard work and sacrifices of the men and women who have built America into the prosperous and strong country it is today. From the coal miners who power our economy to the teachers who educate the next generation, all workers have played a role. We should all take a moment on Labor Day to reflect on their contributions. 

Have a great weekend!

David B. McKinley, P.E.

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