On the Road

Capitol City Biker Bash in Charleston

I had such a wonderful time at the Capitol City Biker Bash on Friday, enjoying the atmosphere and talking shop with my fellow motorcycle enthusiasts. Spending time at home in West Virginia is always a breath of fresh air and I appreciate everyone who came out to celebrate in beautiful Charleston.

(Photo credit: Alex Thomas/ WVMetroNews.com)

How May We Help You?

I truly appreciate the opportunity to hear from my fellow West Virginians. As your U.S. Senator, I am proud to be your voice with government agencies during your time of need. My goal is to provide top-notch customer service for every West Virginian who contacts me, or who may need help.  I have a team of caseworkers in each of my four offices to help you with matters of concern. While I have no direct jurisdiction in the administrative matters of any federal, state, or local agency, I welcome the opportunity to assist you with whatever problem you may be experiencing and ask that full consideration be given to your case.

Recently, Kim Berry, a caseworker in my Fairmont Office was able to assist Mr. Norman Haynes with his pending claim for veterans benefits.  Kim was able to coordinate with Mr. Haynes medical team, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, to ensure that Mr. Haynes' case was reviewed and a decision completed as quickly as possible. Our veterans have provided an irreplaceable service to our great state and nation, and we are all indebted to these brave men and women whose sacrifices help preserve the freedoms that we hold so dear.  I stand clear in my commitment to serve those who served this country so bravely, and who continue to give back to our communities.



From the Hill to the Mountains

Asking West Virginians to Share Concerns About Elimination of Protections for Those for Those with Pre-Existing Conditions

An ongoing lawsuit, led by 20 U.S. Attorneys General which as of last Friday will no longer be defended by the U.S. Department of Justice, would allow insurance companies to once again deny coverage to West Virginians with pre-existing conditions. I want West Virginians to share their stories about how the repeal of the current provision prohibiting insurance companies from denying healthcare coverage to people with pre-existing conditions would impact them and their families.

Repealing the provision that requires insurance companies to cover Americans with pre-existing conditions will have detrimental impacts for families across West Virginia. I have always said that our nation’s current healthcare system is in need of repair. But every West Virginian deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare regardless of their health conditions. I will not stand by while we risk going back to a time when insurance companies could play God as they picked and chose those they wished to insure. That is why I want to hear from my fellow West Virginians about the importance of protecting healthcare access for those with pre-existing conditions.

West Virginians wishing to share their story about the importance of protecting access for those with pre-existing conditions can email them to healthcare@manchin.senate.gov. Senator Manchin will read your stories on the Senate Floor.


Bipartisan Effort in Demanding Release of Water Safety Report

This week I joined a bipartisan group of 12 Senators in demanding the administration release the results of a study regarding what levels of certain chemicals are safe in drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to recent news reports, has been delaying the release of a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) study on the toxic Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). PFAS is a class of toxic chemicals that have been linked to a variety of serious health conditions and are regularly used in manufacturing.

According to recent media reports, the HHS study reportedly shows that the level of exposure to PFAS that poses a danger to human health is lower than previously understood. While this study was finalized in January 2018, EPA officials purportedly have been working to delay the release of this report.

We are demanding the agencies release the report so that the many local communities suffering from PFAS contamination to their water systems have access to all the best science as they work to make sure their local water is safe.

CLICK HERE to read the full letter.


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