Panel Discusses the State of Rural Healthcare at WVU

On Monday, a diverse set of healthcare professionals and experts gathered in Morgantown at West Virginia University to discuss the state of healthcare in rural areas. The panel discussion, which drew a crowd of nearly 100, was hosted by our office and WVU President E. Gordon Gee.

Like people in rural areas across the country, West Virginians face many challenges in accessing quality and affordable healthcare. Rural areas account for 25 percent of the population but only 10 percent of the doctors. The discussion Monday focused on ways to overcome that and expand access.

We are blessed to have a world class research institution like WVU in our back yard and excellent health systems to serve West Virginians. Experts and healthcare providers from WVU and other institutions around the state will be at the forefront in finding a solution.

The panelists represented a wide variety of perspectives on healthcare and included doctors, nurses, researchers, leaders of public health organizations, and hospitals.

In West Virginia we have a unique population with significant health care needs. It’s vital that we all coordinate and work together to bring the latest technology to patients to make life better for all West Virginians.

Taking Fiscal Responsibility Seriously

Recently my office announced that we returned more than $115,000 from our Congressional office budget to the U.S. Treasury in 2013.  All told, we have returned more than $365,000 since coming to Congress.

From the beginning, we have focused on providing excellent service to the First District while being responsible with the taxpayer’s money. That requires developing a lean and efficient operation to work for the people of West Virginia.

Hard working families have to do more with less these days. We can do the same.  Because our office has made fiscal responsibility a priority, we’re giving money back, just as we have each year.

Meeting with Students in West Virginia

It’s always enjoyable to meet with young people in the First District, this week I had several opportunities.

In Wheeling, I meet with Boy Scouts from Troop 6 and students in AP government at Wheeling Park High School. As an Eagle Scout, it was great to meet with boy scouts to discuss what is happening in Washington and how the skills I learned while scouting help me with my work in Congress.

Later in the week, I also traveled to Morgantown to talk with students in Professor Richard Hickey’s Parties and Elections class at West Virginia University. It’s always a privilege to hear what is concerning our youngest voters and tomorrow’s leaders.

Busy Week in the First District

During the district work period I traveled all over the first district to meet with a number of constituents. On Tuesday I spoke at this year’s 2014 Construction Coalition Conference. Later in the week I met with city officials in both Benwood and Kingwood to discuss their concerns and priorities.

If you are ever in the Washington D.C. office please drop in and say hello. If you want an appointment just give my office a call at 202-225-4172, or submit a request on my website at www.mckinley.house.gov.

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