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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $2.2 million to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services for prevention programs.

Specifically, the funding will be used to improve diabetes, heart disease and stroke prevention programs throughout West Virginia.

“Health care access has always been a priority of mine because West Virginians and Americans deserve access to healthcare no matter where they live," said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., added, "So many families in West Virginia have experience with the unfortunate effects of heart disease and diabetes. The sad fact is that in many cases these diseases are preventable, and we must continue to give our health professionals and communities the resources they need to step up prevention efforts."

— Wendy Holdren

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