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Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) pressed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to make improvements to the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments program which provides assistance to healthcare providers who struggled with revenue losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senator Manchin is an original cosponsor of the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments Improvement Act, a bill which provides Medicare payments in advance to eligible providers experiencing claims or cash flow disruptions.

CMS has allocated approximately $101 billion through the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments program. This has given a critical lifeline to healthcare providers who have struggled with revenue losses during the pandemic. For many of these providers, beginning in August, CMS will start to recover the upfront payments that were made in April by recouping 100 percent of the Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) payments that would otherwise be made to the providers to reimburse them for Medicare services.

The Senator said in part, “As you negotiate a legislative package to address the ongoing health and economic impact of the novel coronavirus or “COVID-19” pandemic, we write to urge you to include critical modifications to the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments program. This program has provided hospitals, nursing facilities, physician practices and other health care providers across this country with vital financial assistance to help ensure ongoing liquidity during this time when providers’ revenues have steeply declined and COVID-19 response expenses have increased. However, without revisions to the terms and repayment schedule of the program and an option for forgiveness of upfront payments provided by the program, health care providers will face significant financial stress during the months ahead, at a time when we need to ensure continued availability of care and services.”



Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), along with 13 bipartisan colleagues, today introduced the Time to Rescue United States’ Trusts (TRUST) Act of 2020, bipartisan and bicameral legislation which would create a process to rescue the endangered federal trust funds and rein in the national debt. The TRUST Act of 2020 is an updated version of the TRUST Act, which Senators Manchin and Romney initially introduced last year.

“Our budgets must be a reflection of our priorities while maintaining fiscal responsibility,” Senator Manchin said. “Generations of irresponsibly cutting taxes combined with spending beyond our means has left the important programs on which we all depend – Medicare, Social Security, highways, and pensions – on the brink of insolvency. The financial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have only compounded the problem. While I recognize that now is not the time to gut federal investments, we cannot continue to ignore this reality. I’m proud to join a bipartisan group of colleagues to re-introduce the TRUST Act to give us a roadmap to getting our fiscal house in order when we get on the other side of this pandemic.” 



Where can I get a test? This is a question my office has received since the beginning of this pandemic. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list; there may be more testing sites out there that are added daily.  In order to provide as much reliable information as possible, I am including testing sites that are verified through an official communication or news release.

For any organizations or health care organizations who would like their site listed, or who have updates on their hours or requirements, please email me at .

It is recommended that you seek testing only when you begin exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Click here to view the screening criteria. To report your symptoms and be directed to one of the available testing sites, contact your primary care doctor or a designated hotline for your area. Most, if not all, sites require a physician's order before testing. If you have gone through these steps and are still having issues getting a test, please email me at and a member of my staff will reach out to you to see if we can assist.

Click here for WV DHHR's latest updates to reported COVID-19 cases

Click here to find a testing site near you. 

Any new additions or updates to testing sites will be included below. The full list of verified testing sites and events is available on and is updated daily.

LOCATION: Hampshire High School, 157 Trojan Way, Romney, WV
HOURS: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This testing is free and available to all residents in selected counties, including asymptomatic individuals. Proof of insurance is NOT required. Attendees should bring identification, such as a driver’s license or proof of address, to help in returning test results. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.



Our office is working diligently to bring you the most up-to-date information as it becomes available. Click the links below for more information. All information regarding resources and more can be found on Senator Manchin's website.

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United Way of West Virginia provides an important service to West Virginians by helping users navigate the vast number of resources available to aid with healthcare issues, food shortages, mental health questions and more. This program is more important now than ever as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic and I commend United Way for continuing to serve their fellow West Virginians through this time.

United Way’s new 2-1-1 will make information on a wide variety of local support services more accessible across our entire state,” said United Way of Central WV President, Margaret O’Neal. “Whether it’s information for locating a health clinic, finding child care programs, or getting housing assistance, 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember, go-to resource for individuals and families.

To utilize these resources West Virginians can:

Call 2-1-1
Text your zip code to 898-211
Call toll-free 1-833-848-9905


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