The Build Back Better legislative package (BBB) that includes historic programs to support families is on the move in Congress. A scaled-back compromise framework was released last week

Please call Senator Manchin:
Charleston office: 304-342-5855
D.C. office: 202-224-3954

Click here to email Senator Manchin 

The BBB is a huge step in the right direction for West Virginia families and for advancing clean energy.  

We need Senator Joe Manchin to vote to YES for the BBB.

Importantly, we are hearing that some backroom negotiations are still ongoing. And Senator Manchin is still playing “hard to get” – on Monday he announced still may not be ready to vote yes on the BBB.

We need you to call Senator Manchin with three asks:

  • vote to move the Build Back Better across the finish line as soon as possible
  • to include a paid family and medical leave provision to help West Virginia working parents
  • to keep fighting to include a provision to allow Medicare to negotiation prescription drug prices

Charleston office: 304-342-5855
D.C. office: 202-224-3954

The current Build Back Better framework:

What’s in:

  • Continued larger Child Tax Credit for one year 
  • New help for families to defray the cost of childcare 
  • New funding for home care for the disabled and the elderly
  • Lower insurance premiums on healthcare.gov 
  • Medicare hearing benefit

What’s left out:

  • A plan to offer paid family leave did not survive.  Senator Manchin is responsible for cutting a provision that had already been scaled-back from 12 weeks to 4 weeks. 
  • Medicare authority to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies for lower prescription drugs costs.  Senator Manchin supports this provision. 
  • Medicare benefits for dental and vision. Senator Manchin says he oppose any new Medicare benefits for seniors and people with disabilities.

Let Senator Manchin know that West Virginians want the 
Build Back Better passed.

Charleston office: 304-342-5855
D.C. office: 202-224-3954

Click here to email Senator Manchin

Cindy Harless


West Virginians for Affordable Health Care is a non-profit advocacy organization bringing a consumer voice to public policy.