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Senate Bill No. 143

(By Senators Boley, Unger, White, Foster, Hunter and Minear)

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[Introduced February 9, 2005; referred to the Committee

on Health and Human Resources; and then to the Committee on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §11-21-54; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-1-19, all relating to creating an Alzheimer's Caregiver Assistance Program to provide respite services for informal caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §11-21-54; and that said code be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-1-19, all to read as follows:
CHAPTER 11. TAXATION.

ARTICLE 21. PERSONAL INCOME TAX.
§11-21-54. Check-off program for Alzheimer's Caregiver Fund.
Notwithstanding the provisions of section fourteen-a, article ten of this chapter, effective for any tax year commencing on or after the first day of January, two thousand five, an individual in any taxable year may elect to contribute to the Alzheimer's Caregiver Assistance Fund for respite services for informal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's Disease. The contribution shall be in any whole dollar amount and may not reduce the amount of state tax owed by the individual. The commissioner shall include space on the personal income tax return to enable a taxpayer to make the contribution. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, all revenues collected pursuant to this section shall be credited to the Alzheimer's Caregiver Assistance Fund and used only for those purposes enumerated in section nineteen, article one, chapter sixteen of this code.
CHAPTER 16. PUBLIC HEALTH.

ARTICLE 1. DIVISION OF HEALTH.
§16-1-19. Alzheimer's Caregiver Assistance Program.
(a) The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources shall plan and carry out the Alzheimer's Caregiver Assistance Program to provide respite services for informal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's Disease. The Secretary shall make grants under this section directly to caregiver individuals who have made applications through the Alzheimer's Association. The Secretary may coordinate grants under this section with the availability of grants from other sources. The Secretary may also accept or seek grants from other sources to enhance amounts appropriated to this program.
(b) There is established in the State Treasury, a special fund to be known as the "Alzheimer's Caregiver Assistance Fund." The Fund consists of all revenues received by the Tax Commissioner pursuant to the provisions of section fifty-four, article twenty-one, chapter eleven of this code, and all other moneys appropriated, credited or transferred thereto from any other fund or source pursuant to law. The moneys in the Fund may be expended only for the purposes provided in this section.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to create an Alzheimer's Caregiver Assistance Program to provide respite services for informal caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

These sections are new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.

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