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Introduced Version House Resolution 38 History

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HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 38

(By Delegates Williams, Ennis, Argento, Butcher, Hatfield, Manchin, Manypenny, Marshall, Moore, Moye, Perdue, Pethtel, D. Poling, Ross, Stephens, Susman, Rowan, Evans, Azinger, Duke, Hamilton, Shott and Sumner )




Urging the Bureau for Medical Services to consider increasing reimbursement rates for the Medicaid Personal Care program and Waiver Homemaker services.

WHEREAS, West Virginia has the highest per capita percentage of person sixty years of age and older; and
WHEREAS, The aging population will continue to increase annually until the year 2020; and
WHEREAS, The aging population lives longer and is more active as a generation; and
WHEREAS, The cost of nursing home care and other long term care is prohibitive; and
WHEREAS, When these individuals do need certain levels of care, it is most desirable to maintain these individuals in their homes and provide necessary in-home services to maintain their health, safety and well-being; and
WHEREAS, The county aging programs administered by the Bureau of Senior Services administer Medicaid Personal Care services and Waiver Homemaker services to thousands of elderly West Virginians; and
WHEREAS, This service is essential to the health, safety and well-being of West Virginia senior citizens; and
WHEREAS, Medicaid Personal Care costs these programs $16.50 - $17.00 per hour; and
WHEREAS, The Waiver Homemaker program currently costs $18.00 per hour; and
WHEREAS, Because the goal of maintaining our seniors in their own homes is greatly served by these programs, a rate increase to $20.00 per hour for Medicaid Personal Care and Waiver Homemaker is necessary and desirable; and
WHEREAS, The Committee on Senior Citizen Issues hereby does endorse, encourage and recommend an increase in the reimbursement rates for Medicaid Personal Care and Waiver Homemaker programs ; and therefore be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the 79th Legislature of the State of West Virginia hereby respectfully urges the Bureau for Medical Services to consider increasing reimbursement rates for the Medicaid Personal Care program and Waiver Homemaker services; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward certified copies of this resolution to the Chair of the House Committee on Finance, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, the Governor of the State of West Virginia, and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
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