March 11, 2014
Despite denials to the contrary, a new report suggests the Manchin administration was trying to cut costs when it recently downsized an in-home care program for elderly or disabled West Virginians.
Legislative auditors cite minutes from several 2005 meetings at the Department of Health and Human Resources.
They show that officials spoke of saving money if they cut the number of people served by the state's Aged and Disabled Waiver Program.
DHHR officials have maintained the cuts resulted from an attempt to make the program's criteria more objective. They echoed that stance to lawmakers on Monday.
The audit also says the downsizing yielded no savings, but instead sparked a lawsuit that ended with a reversal of the program cutbacks.