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What West Virginians Need to Know About COVID-19
  • CHARLESTON — Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,227,347 in funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for medical support services across West Virginia. This funding will provide clinical research for neurological disorders, cancer protection and diagnostic research, and support for graduate medical education.  “HHS has been a steadfast partner in West... Read More
  • For all Americans, the coronavirus crisis has been a shocking wake-up call to the fragility of our health and economic infrastructures. It has also opened our eyes to the critical importance of the broadband internet infrastructure. Across this country, tens of millions of people are now telecommuting, taking part in distance learning, and even videoconferencing with their physicians. This interaction is made possible by enabling technologies operating over broadband connections. It is very... Read More
  • WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including both of West Virginia's representatives, is urging federal agencies to give equal reimbursement for telephone-based, audio-only services as other telehealth services. According to a joint press release from Sens. Joe Manchin, D, and Shelley Moore Capito, R, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements to health care providers for audio-only services are lower than those for audio-visual services and for in-person services. The... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Health in West Virginia will receive $4 million in federal funding for substance abuse and mental health treatment. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will be split between FMRS Health Systems and Westbrook Health Services. FMRS serves residents in Fayette, Monroe, Raleigh and Summers counties. Westbrook serves Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane,... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $7,777,778 to support an extended runway project at the Morgantown Municipal Airport on Wednesday. This funding is made available through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which received additional funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that was signed into law on... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and her colleagues yesterday sent a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza urging her to make several improvements to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Specifically, Senator Capito and her colleagues requested that the administrator expedite the $10,000 advances to be received within three days, remove the per-employee cap on advance grants, and restore the maximum... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing half of the second round of funding to providers in support of the national response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). West Virginia will receive a total of $34,175,203 in funding within this half of the second round. This funding is part of the distribution of the original $100 billion provider... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Health in West Virginia will receive $4 million in federal funding for substance abuse and mental health treatment. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will be split between FMRS Health Systems and Westbrook Health Services. FMRS serves residents in Fayette, Monroe, Raleigh and Summers counties. Westbrook serves Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane,... Read More
  • U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) this week urged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to authorize coverage of COVID-19 tests at mobile testing sites the same way urgent and emergency care services are covered by the VA. Currently, mobile testing sites are not covered under the VA’s urgent and emergency care policies, which may force U.S. military veterans to pay for the tests themselves, according to an April 27 letter Sen. Capito and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent to U.S.... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV)-- U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced West Virginia eligibility for over $86 million to support continued learning for K-12 students whose educations have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.According to a news release from Capito's office, the funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Education’s Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief Fund (ESSER Fund), which received additional funding in... Read More
  • U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), who serves on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW), on April 21 announced the committee’s release of two draft bills that would authorize approximately $17 billion in new federal funding to invest in water infrastructure projects across the country.“Strengthening and improving America’s infrastructure has always been a top priority of mine,” Sen. Capito said. “As chairman of EPW’s Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, I’m proud of... Read More
  • WASHINGTON — West Virginia’s two U.S. senators are among lawmakers supporting aid for rural newspapers and broadcasters during the pandemic. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia with 74 other senators have asked the Office of Management and Budget to help local media outlets that provide an integral service during the pandemic, but have been hit hard by the effects.“Local newspapers and broadcasters have been particularly hit hard financially due to decreased revenue... Read More
  • The government takes steps to manage COVID-19 and its spiraling outbreak in the nation. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito interviewed with the Positively WV podcast to discuss her intentions and knowledge of the steps put in motion regarding the pandemic. The goal is to help the general public as best as possible.Sen. Capito has taken action and has hosted seven constituent tele-town halls on COVID-19 with more than half of the state (26 counties).Sen. Capito keeps in close contact with small businesses... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,854,974 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Coronavirus State Hospital Improvement Program for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). “Healthcare providers are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and our rural hospitals, many of which were already running on shoestring budgets, are taking a... Read More
  • WASHINGTON — West Virginia’s U.S. senators on Friday announced that the state is eligible for more than $86 million to support continued learning for K-12 students.Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said the funding is being made available through the U.S. Department of Education’s Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief FundThe fund received additional money when the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, was signed into law last... Read More
  • WASHINGTON — West Virginia's two U.S. Senators, Joe Manchin, D, and Shelley Moore Capito, R, led a bipartisan coalition of senators urging the federal government to provide relief to local newspapers and broadcasters amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The 74-member group sent a letter to Russell Vought, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, discussing the toll the pandemic has taken and a potential solution."Our radio and television broadcasters and rural... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito believes the second round of funding for small businesses suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic will be enough. The Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications from participating lenders on Monday morning. There is more than $310 billion this time around for PPP after the fund ran out of $350 billion after two weeks earlier this month. The first round of... Read More
  • WASHINGTON — Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., was among congressional representatives to urge leadership to pass legislation creating a new, shorter phone number for the National Suicide Hotline. Capito joined a bipartisan group of representatives from both chambers in signing a letter addressed to Senate President Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The group urged leaders to include the measure... Read More
  • U.S. Senators in West Virginia are asking the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help cover costs when veterans get tested for COVID-19 at mobile testing sites. “It is critical that the VA covers COVID-19 mobile testing sites in the same manner as urgent and emergency care, so veterans can access these testing sites, without being stuck with the bill,” Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) wrote in a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)... Read More
  • For all Americans, the coronavirus crisis has been a shocking wake-up call to the fragility of our health and economic infrastructures. It has also opened our eyes to the critical importance of the broadband internet infrastructure. Across this country, tens of millions of people are now telecommuting, taking part in distance learning, and even videoconferencing with their physicians. This interaction is made possible by enabling technologies operating over broadband connections. It is very... Read More