CHAPTER 16. PUBLIC HEALTH.
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ARTICLE 1B. SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES FOR VETERANS OF THE UNITED
STATES ARMED FORCES.
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§16-1B-1. Legislative findings.
The Legislature finds that the health and welfare of the
veterans of the armed forces who are citizens of our state will be
best served by the establishment of one or more skilled nursing
facilities exclusively for these veterans. Furthermore, the
Legislature finds that nearly two hundred thousand veterans in this
state have distinguished themselves with the highest level of
participation per capita of any state in the wars fought by this
nation. Further, an aging veterans' population which suffers from
wartime disabilities and illnesses are, or will be, in need of
skilled nursing care.
The Legislature further finds that construction of an
additional 120-bed veterans skilled nursing facility in southern
West Virginia is needed, to be located on Department of Agriculture
property in Beckley, West Virginia, adjacent to the Jackie Withrow
Hospital which was formerly known as Pinecrest Hospital. The West
Virginia veterans skilled nursing facility located in Clarksburg is
currently at its maximum capacity and has a large waiting list for
admission. With a veteran population that has now reached over two
hundred twenty thousand, there is an overwhelming need for
additional nursing home beds in other areas of our state to
accommodate our veterans as they become unable to take care of
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§16-1B-2. Construction, staffing and operation of one or more
skilled nursing facilities for veterans of the armed
forces of the United States.
The director of veterans affairs shall establish, construct,
equip and operate one or more skilled nursing facilities to serve
the needs of citizens of this state who are veterans of the armed
forces of the United States. For each nursing facility
established, the director shall appoint a facility administrator
and other employees as are necessary to maintain the facility and
deliver quality care to residents of the facility.
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§16-1B-3. Issuance of bonds by the hospital finance authority;
payment of bonds from net profits of the veterans
lottery instant scratch-off game.
The director shall request that revenue bonds, not exceeding
the principal amount of ten million dollars, be issued by the West
Virginia hospital finance authority under provisions of section
seven, article twenty-nine-a of this chapter. Net profit from the
veterans lottery instant scratch-off game as authorized by section
nine-a, article twenty-two, chapter twenty-nine of this code and
other revenues that the Legislature may from time to time
appropriate shall pay the principal and interest obligations of the
bonds and the architectural and other project costs associated with
the construction, reconstruction, renovation and maintenance of one
or more skilled nursing facilities that will only serve the skilled
nursing needs of West Virginia veterans who have performed active
duty in an active component of the armed forces or performed active
service in a reserve component of the armed forces.
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§16-1B-4. Eligibility for service; legislative rule.
In order to qualify for service and residency in a skilled
nursing facility established under this article, an applicant must
have continuously been a citizen of the state of West Virginia for
twelve consecutive months and must have performed active duty in an
active component of the armed forces or performed active service in
a reserve component of the armed forces for at least twelve
consecutive months. The director shall propose a legislative rule
further defining and limiting eligibility for services and
residency under this article.