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Senators urge rethink on SNAP rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), along with a bipartisan group of 46 other Senators, sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, which raised concerns about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed rule to make what senators have described as "harmful changes" to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and urged Secretary Perdue to withdraw the proposal.

The Senators said in part, “The proposed changes would take food assistance away from Americans struggling to find stable employment while doing nothing to help them to actually become permanently employed. This is contrary to Congressional intent, evidenced by the passage of the…

Group flood policies set to expire

CHARLESTON - In June 2016, West Virginia experienced one of the worst flooding disasters in our history. Thousands of homes were destroyed, many without flood insurance. Homeowners who did not have flood insurance may have applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for financial assistance to aid with repairing their home.

If you are a homeowner who received assistance from FEMA, it is possible you may have been automatically enrolled in a three-year group flood insurance policy. As part of the eligibility requirement to receive this assistance, homeowners make a commitment to maintain flood insurance for the life of the structure. This commitment remains with the…

West Virginia finalizes $3.2M prescription drug settlement

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Attorney General’s Office has finalized a $3.2 million settlement with drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and marketer Sanofi-Aventis in relation to their marketing of the prescription blood thinner Plavix.

The settlement resolves allegations related to efforts by the companies to label, distribute, market, price, promote, advertise and sell Plavix.

Specifically, the Attorney General’s Office alleged the defendants acted in an unfair and deceptive manner by marketing Plavix as a superior drug to aspirin with a much higher price, despite evidence showing Plavix had no better effect than aspirin for certain usages.

Settlement terms required…