W.Va. Suspends Enrollment in In-Home Care Program

Elderly and disabled West Virginia residents who apply for a state in-home care program will be put on a waiting list because of funding concerns.

The state Bureau of Medical Services has notified care providers
that applications for the Aged and Disabled Wavier program won't be
accepted after Dec. 5.

Enrollment will be capped at 8,130 participants statewide.

Department of Health and Human Resources spokesman John Law
tells the Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/sxH5TX ) that the decision is necessary because of a reduction in federal Medicaid matching funds and rising costs.

The state also capped enrollment in 2009 but resumed accepting
applications following an outcry by participants, providers and
lawmakers.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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