Help Pass HB 2708 to Cap Costs for West Virginians with Diabetes

Help Pass HB 2708 to Cap Costs for West Virginians with Diabetes

In 2020, the West Virginia legislature passed a private insurance insulin copayment cap of $100 per month.

This year the West Virginia legislature can do even better. 

Let’s get HB2708 moving!  

We need your help! 


HB 2708 will cap per month copayments in private insurance:

  • $25 for insulin
  • $25 for other diabetes-related drugs
  • $100 for all diabetes-related medical supplies and equipment

Connect With Your Legislators!

HB 2708 is currently assigned first to the Health and Human Resources Committee and then to the Finance CommitteeHB 2708 must be voted on and pass both Committees by March 28 or the bill dies for this year.


HHS Community News Aug. 31- Sept. 4, 2020

Partnering with Your Local Community Health Care Provider

Last week HHS announced over $117 million in awards to 1,318 community health centers (CHCs) across the country.  Federally funded health centers will use these investments to strengthen their improvement activities and expand quality primary health care service delivery. View awardees in your community. These and other funds provided to local community health providers are essential to local public health efforts and to the opportunity for local partnerships.

Did you know? 

  • There are nearly 1,400 HRSA-funded health centers operating approximately 12,000 service delivery sites nationwide. Find a Community Health Center (CHC) near you.
  • These health centers deliver care to the nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families, including people experiencing homelessness, agricultural workers, residents of public housing, and the nation’s veterans.
  • Approximately 93% of health centers provide mental health counseling and treatment and 67% of health centers provide substance abuse, behavioral, and patient services.

Local Partnership Opportunities

Across the country, faith and community organizations are partnering with CHCs and other local health care providers to gain access to the most up-to-date health information and critical health care services for their members — including COVID-19 testing. Here are just a few examples:

COVID-19 Related Community Health News

NIH COVID-19 Communities Responding Together

This website offers resources for use in talking to community members about COVID-19, the vaccines under development, how they are developed, and the importance of representation in research studies. Information includes:

Volunteer for Clinical Trials

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in helping find a vaccine for COVID-19, please visit  Please be aware of the importance of minority populations in clinical trials.

Provider Relief Funds Deadline Extended to 9/13

Funds are still available and the deadline to apply for Phase 2 General Distribution funding for Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), dental providers, and certain Medicare providers has been extended to Sept. 13, 2020.

Is Your Hand Sanitizer on FDA’s List of Products You Should Not Use? 

FDA testing has determined that some hand sanitizers carry toxic ingredients. Before you buy hand sanitizer or use hand sanitizer you have at home, check the FDA’s do-not-use list.

HHS Announced the Release of 1.5 million N95 Respirators for Distribution to Nursing Home Facilities

Beginning Aug. 28, 2020, N95 respirators will be directly shipped to 3,336 nursing home facilities across the country.

CDC 2020 Public Health Ethics Forum: Ethical Dilemmas in Rural Health

Web Forum: Fri., Sept. 11, 2020, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT, Register here. 

The National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University and CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity will host the 2020 Public Health Ethics Forum with the theme Ethical Dilemmas in Rural Health.  The final agenda is forthcoming.

Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities

Registration Open! Thurs., Sept. 17, 2020, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. EDT, Register here.

HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will host this virtual symposium to highlight state, tribal, territorial, and community-based efforts addressing COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority populations. Learn more here.

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses, and Communities Affected by COVID-19

USDA Rural Development has provided an update on the number of immediate actions they are taking to help rural residents, businesses, and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

HHS Community Health News

CDC’s Tips® Campaign Led 1 Million U.S. Adults to Quit Smoking During 2012–2018

Last week the CDC released findings that show that their Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®) campaign led more than 1 million U.S. adults to quit smoking and an estimated 16.4 million U.S. adults to attempt to quit smoking during 2012–2018 — marking a milestone for Tips as the first federally funded anti-smoking ad campaign.

Fasting Safely with Diabetes

People with diabetes may wish to fast for dietary, medical, or religious reasons.  This new NIH blog post shares that advance planning with a health care professional may reduce complications.

Awards & Grant Opportunities

HHS Releases $1.5 Billion to States, Tribes to Combat Opioid Crisis

HHS/SAMHSA is distributing the first-year funds of its two-year State Opioid Response (SOR) and Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grant programs. The two programs ultimately will award nearly $3 billion over two years to help states and tribes provide community-level resources for people in need of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

DOL Announced $20 million in grants to Fight Opioids

The U.S.Department of Labor (DOL) announced nearly $20 million in funding to four states (Florida, Maryland, Ohio, and Wisconsin). The goal of this pilot program is to address the health and economic impact of widespread substance and opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose by providing retraining and other services to workers in communities significantly impacted by the opioid crisis.  Grantees will use these funds to collaborate with a network of communithy partners to address the drug epidemic in their local areas.

National Community Anti-drug Coalition Institute (NCI)

DFCNCI-2020 – The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is seeking applications from any national non-profit organization that represents, provides technical assistance and training to, and has special expertise and broad, national-level experience in community anti-drug coalitions. ONDCP encourages applications from national nonprofit institution/organization. Questions:, (202)-395-6665. Closing date: Sept. 25, 2020.

Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency Program

FR-6400-N-05 HUD – This grant program is designed to assist residents of Public and Indian Housing make progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency by removing the educational, professional, and health barriers they face.  Closing date: Sept. 19, 2020.

Women’s Preventive Services Initiative

HRSA-21-045 – The purpose of HHS’s Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) is to improve women’s health across the lifespan. Closing date: Oct. 5, 2020.

Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

HRSA-21-031 – Program supports innovative, community-based initiatives to improve the health status of infants, children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities by increasing their access to preventive care and services. Closing date: Oct. 6, 2020.

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

HRSA-21-021 – The purpose of this grant program is to promote the development of integrated health care networks and bring together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past, to work together to establich or improve local capacity and coordination of care.  For example, a critical access hospital, a rural health clinic, and a public health department may collaborate to form a network around a shared purpose. These networks can include a wide range of community partners, including social service agencies, State Rural Health Associations, Primary Care Associations, academic medical centers, mental health agencies, charitable organizations, educational institutions, employers, local government agencies, or other entities with hold an interest in a community’s health care system. Closing date: Nov. 16, 2020.

Trump Administration Announces Historic Action to Lower Drug Prices for Americans

On Friday, President Donald Trump took historic action to deliver lower prescription drug prices to American patients. The President signed four Executive Orders on drug pricing directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take several steps to deliver for American patients lower costs on prescription drugs, including insulin and epinephrine, and ensure Americans are getting the lowest price possible for their drugs.

The executive orders instruct HHS to take a number of actions:

  • End a shadowy system of kickbacks by middlemen that lurks behind the high out-of-pocket costs many Americans face at the pharmacy counter. Under this action, American seniors will directly receive these kickback as discounts in Medicare Part D. In 2018, these Part D discounts totaled more than $30 billion, representing an average discount of 26 to 30 percent.
  • Require federally qualified health centers who purchase insulin’s and epinephrine in the 340B program to pass the savings from discounted drug prices directly on to medically underserved patients. This will increase access to life-saving insulin and epinephrine for the patients who face especially high costs among the 28 million patients who visit FQHCs every year, over six million of whom are uninsured.
  • Finalize a rule allowing states to develop safe importation plans for certain prescription drugs.
  • Authorize the re-importation of insulin products made in the United States if the Secretary finds re-importation is required for emergency medical care pursuant to section 801(d) of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
  • Create a pathway for safe personal importation through the use of individual waivers to purchase drugs at lower cost from pre-authorized U.S. pharmacies.
  • Take action to ensure that the Medicare program and seniors pay no more for the most costly Medicare Part B drugs than any economically comparable OECD country, ending foreign countries’ free loading off the backs of American taxpayers and pharmaceutical investments. This order takes effect in 30 days unless Congress acts.

“President Trump has already done more than any other President to lower drug costs,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “No President has ever taken action on drug prices as bold as any one of today’s individual actions. Today’s executive orders will deliver billions of dollars in discounts directly to patients at the pharmacy counter, safe low-cost imported drugs for Americans, the best deals for America on highly expensive drugs, and direct discounts passed on to patients on important drugs from community health centers. The President’s new efforts to cut drug costs are about making it affordable for American patients to be in control of their own health, their own healthcare choices, and the care they decide on with their own doctor.”

Link to Link to Executive Orders

White House fact sheet


How Does Where We Live Influence How Healthy We Are?

Upcoming webinar explores how place influences health

Join us on May 12 at 3pm ET to learn about how place matters for creating conditions for residents to thrive. During this webinar, we will feature guests from three communities—Jefferson County, Alabama; Blair County, Pennsylvania; and 2019 RWJF Culture of Health Prize winner Greenville, South Carolina–that have used our data, evidence, and guidance to improve health locally. Our guest presenters will share lessons they have learned about what is needed to create health and equity in their communities.

“Place is a powerful predictor of who is healthy, who is sick, and who lives longer.” -Kadie Peters, Vice President of Impact Strategy and Resource Development at United Way of Central Alabama and featured guest speaker.

“Through our work here in Greenville, we have grown in our understanding and awareness of how race and voter disenfranchisement impact what voices are heard, especially with our single district minority representation at the county and state level. We understand that giving all voices the opportunity to speak and be heard is an important tool in impacting health policy in our community.” -Addy Matney, featured guest speaker from LiveWell Greenville.


Place Matters

Tuesday, May 12 at 3pm ET