West Virginians Worried for Healthcare Eligibility


In his latest visit to the mountain state, Vice President Mike Pence touched on a wide range of topics including the president’s latest Supreme Court nomination.

“Brett Kavanaugh deserves the respect of every member of the Senate,” said the VP as he addressed the large crowd on Thursday. 

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin says he’s undecided on Kavanaugh, worried about those with pre-existing conditions. 

“I’ve got 800,000 people in jeopardy,” Manchin told 13 News. 

Kelly Allen is one of those 800,000. Allen was diagnosed with Common Variable Immunodeficiency or CVID back in 2005. 

“The medicine I take to replace my immune system that doesn’t work is this weekly infusion that costs about $45,000 a year,” Allen told 13 News. 

“My mom had to get a second mortgage on her home. We actually would ration medication cause we would always want to have extra on hand.” 

Nearly 36 percent of West Virginians have a  “pre-existing condition.”

Allen had a chance to meet with Senator Manchin on Wednesday. Later this month, Manchin is set to meet with Kavanaugh, who has already received support from Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. 

When asked about those with pre-existing conditions, Morrisey issued this statement to 13 news, “All West Virginians deserve access to affordable and quality healthcare, that is why we must repeal and replace the disaster of Obamacare with it’s skyrocketing premiums while also protecting those who need help the most, including those with pre-existing conditions.”

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