With the ear of Joe Manchin, West Virginia hospitals helped secure billions in new Covid relief funds

WASHINGTON — West Virginia University Health System doesn’t have the name recognition of the Mayo Clinic or Massachusetts General Hospital. It doesn’t have the lobbying firepower in Washington, either.

But this year, unexpectedly, the hospital chain and others in the state are part of the reason that rural hospitals across the country will get a last-minute cash influx of more than $8 billion from Congress in the Covid-19 package that represents President Biden’s first major legislative push.

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With the ear of Joe Manchin, West Virginia hospitals helped secure billions in new Covid relief funds

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