Seniors Rally at W.Va. State Capital

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In-home care services for the elderly.

It was the focus of a rally Monday at the state capital.

Lawmakers and senior groups lobbied the legisature to lift a freeze that's been in effect since 2011.

That freeze kept more than 2,000 West Virginia elderly from entering a program allowing them to get care services in their homes.

"The big problem appears to be that no one in the Bureau For Medical Services or the ( Department of Health and Human Resources) will submit a request for the centers for Medicare and Medicaid to increase the number of unduplicated slots," says Evelyn Post, director of Central West Virginia Aging Services.

A bill supporting the lifting of the freeze has been approved by the house of delegates.

Supporters believe keeping the elderly and disabled at home would also help the state's economy.

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