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Hinton's Burwell, Giles, Leading the Way in Healthcare Policy

The Hinton News of Hinton, West Virginia

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Hinton native Sylvia Matthew's Burwell, US Secretary of Health and Human Services, spoke in Charleston, WV, Friday, October 23, at the 10th anniversary fundraiser for West Virginians for Affordable Health Care. Terri Giles, also of Hinton, was recently named executive director of WVAHC.

Giles said during her remarks at the reception, "I'm going to be partisan about this. Hinton is the center of the universe."

For Matthew's and Giles, Hinton will always be home. Friends since kindergarten, the two women were raised to serve the public and to give back to their community, their state, and their country.

But no matter how far their pursuits take them, they are drawn back to Hinton.

In a 2014 speech, Burwell said, "The values 1 learned growing up in a beautiful place called Hinton, West Virginia, are what anchor how I manage, how I work, and what I work on."

In addition to Burwell's keynote speech, WVAHC presented the Jay Rockefeller Award to Dr. Rahul Gupta, Commissioner of the State Bureau for Public Health.

The award was created by WVAHC in 2007 to honor retired Senator Jay Rockefeller, who was a champion for health coverage during his career in public service.

Dr. Gupta assumed his duties at the Bureau for Public Health in January of this year.

He had previously served as Executive Director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. Dr. Gupta's relationships with both the medical community and government officials made him the ideal candidate to succeed former commissioner Letitia Tierney, MD.

Several guests at the reception were from Hinton, including Burwell's mother, former Hinton mayor Cleo Matthew's; Giles' mother, Betty Giles; Jean Gore; Kristi Gore Scott; Martha Maddy; Phyllis Parker; Rosemary Allman, and Ken Allman, Founder & CEO at

West Virginians for Affordable Health Care was founded in 2005 by Perry Bryant and a group of citizens concerned about the rising cost of health care and insurance coverage.

The organization trains navigators who help the public secure insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, assist those seeking Medicaid coverage, and is committed to the principle of affordable health care for all West Virginians.

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Original Publication Date: November 3, 2015

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