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Health Care

Obamacare:

The Fiscal Year 2016 Reconciliation bill repealed some of the most harmful parts of Obamacare. This bill was first passed by the Budget Committee, of which Congressman Mooney is a Member. He voted for the bill in Committee and on the Floor. Congressman Mooney believes that Obamacare should be replaced with patient-centered policies.

  • Congressman Mooney voted to repeal the harmful Medical Device Tax provision of Obamacare.
    • This tax was harmful because it hindered the ability of companies to continue manufacturing life-saving treatments, like insulin pumps and oxygen tanks.

Meaningful Use:

Congressman Mooney advocates for doctors who have been harmed by the Administration’s meaningful use standards. The HITECH Act, signed into law in 2009, requires doctors to make “meaningful use” of electronic health records. While electronic health records can be useful and important, the benchmarks required by this legislation are too much too soon. Many doctors cannot keep up with the requirements and need more time to comply with them.

  • Cosponsor of H.R. 3940- Meaningful Use Hardship Act- would protect physicians from penalties from not complying with Meaningful Use Stage 2.
  • Cosponsor of H.R. 3309- FLEX-IT 2 Act- halts all rulemaking on meaningful use until at least 75% of hospitals have had time to comply with the requirements already in place.
  • Congressman Mooney signed a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services and Office of Management and Budget calling for a delay in Meaningful Use stage 3.

Diseases:

Congressman Mooney is passionate about helping people who suffer from diseases in our district. In the Second Congressional District we have high incidence rates of arthritis, diabetes, and various cancers.

  • He is a member of the Congressional Arthritis Caucus.
  • He cosponsored H.R.1427-the Medicare CGM Access Act, which would require Medicare to cover the cost of life-saving continuous glucose monitors for people with diabetes.
  • He is a cosponsor of H.R. 1220- Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2015, which would require Medicare to cover patient colonoscopies whether a polyp is found and removed or not.

Rural Healthcare:

  • Congressman Mooney is a co-sponsor of H.R. 663- the Rural Hospital Access Act
  • Congressman Mooney fights for critical access hospitals. He, and the entire West Virginia delegation, have sent two letters to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on behalf of our state’s critical access hospitals.
  • The Congressman is a cosponsor of H.R. 592-Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act- this bill would allow pharmacists to be reimbursed for care they provide, such as diabetes and nutrition counseling. This is needed in rural areas where a doctor might be far away and a pharmacist might be the only healthcare provider a patient has access to. 

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July 6, 2021 In The News
CHARLESTON — A healthcare advocacy group launched digital ads this week seeking the attention of federal lawmakers for a bill that could reduce prescription drug prices.
May 6, 2021 In The News
WASHINGTON — West Virginia’s congressional lawmakers for northern and southern West Virginia submitted funding requests for projects through the new earmark system. Meanwhile, the congressman for the middle of the state submitted none.
March 13, 2021 In The News
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department gave out almost 2,500 COVID-19 vaccines, which is one step closer to herd immunity. “We don’t tie the hands of the local communities as of how they are implementing it. And were the shining example of that to the whole country, our distribution center. It makes me proud to represent Kanawha County,” said Representative Alex Mooney, (R) West Virginia.
March 11, 2021 In The News
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. House of Representatives approved changes to the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief measure Wednesday with President Joe Biden set to sign the bill this week.
March 5, 2021 In The News
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A killer could have been found sooner had there been security footage at the VA hospital in Clarksburg, a U.S. senator from West Virginia said Thursday. The absence of cameras hindered the investigation into the murders at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said.
March 4, 2021 In The News
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Two West Virginia mayors are urging Congress to pass the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, with both officials warning of constraints on municipal budgets related to the pandemic and response efforts. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams and Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott participated in a press call Wednesday about the American Rescue Plan Act and how local governments have handled the virus.
January 30, 2021 In The News
Maryland lawmakers who wanted a COVID-19 vaccine were able to get one beginning this week. They are eligible because Phase 1B of the state’s vaccination protocol has a “continuity of government” provision that includes members of the General Assembly. Maryland entered Phase 1C on Jan. 25.
January 14, 2021 In The News
WASHINGTON – Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R–W.Va., along with Reps. David McKinley, R–W.Va., Alex Mooney, R–W.Va., and Carol Miller, R–W.Va., have announced that the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has modified the definition it uses of “rural” for the determination of geographic areas eligible to apply for or receive services funded by FORHP’s rural health grants.
November 1, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Mooney Announces $125k Grant for Putnam Wellness Coalition

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Alex X. Mooney announced that Putnam Wellness Coalition, under the direction of the Regional Family Resource Center, was awarded a $125,000 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant that will continue to allow programming for prevention services that will positively impact the knowledge and behaviors of Putnam County youth.

April 24, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Mooney Announces Internship Program for Recovery Point Graduates

Washington, D.C.-Today, Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-02) announced a new internship program designed to help individuals who are in long-term substance abuse recovery meet their programming requirements of obtaining job-readiness skills. 

“West Virginia has been ground zero of the drug epidemic and it is important to support the crucial recovery programs that are changing the lives of so many of our people who have fallen on hard times.