WASHINGTON – Sens. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, RW.Va., announced $ 30,370,777 to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources from the U.S. Department of Health.
This funding comes from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act and is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Initiative to tackle the COVID-19 health disparities between populations in vulnerable and underserved communities, including racial and ethnic minorities and the rural Areas Community Program, according to a press release.
“Unfortunately, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw major health disparities affecting our minority communities as well as our rural communities. This discrepancy is unacceptable and is often caused by a lack of access to quality health care. I am grateful that HHS is investing in West Virginia to improve prevention, testing, contact tracing, and other strategies to reduce inequality and improve health outcomes. I will continue to fight to ensure that every West Virginian has access to quality and affordable health care, especially as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. “
“All citizens of West Virginia deserve access to quality health services, regardless of where they live. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit our country, many rural communities were severely disadvantaged in terms of accessibility to some of these services. I am grateful that the CDC is responding by making the largest investment yet to support communities – like those in West Virginia – affected by COVID-19-related health inequalities. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to advocate for all communities in West Virginia and work to ensure that inequalities like this do not harm our residents. “
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