CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two rural healthcare providers in West Virginia will get $418,800 from the federal government, the state’s U.S. senators announced Wednesday.
Wirt County Health Service Association will get about $218,800 and Williamson Health and Wellness Center will receive $200,000.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said they successfully advocated for the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to make counties such as Wirt County eligible for the rural funding.
“I am pleased HRSA is investing in healthcare programs at the Wirt County Health Services Association, also known as Coplin Health Systems, and at Williamson Health & Wellness Center in Mingo County, which will support them in addressing the healthcare needs of their local communities,” Manchin said in a news release.
Capito said she wrote a letter last November asking the department to “revise their definition of ‘rural’ to expand grant opportunities for West Virginia health centers.” She said it went into effect in January. “This revised definition more accurately reflects the realities in so many of our communities,” she said.