WVa Lawmakers Still Concerned With In-Home Waivers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's legislative leaders remain critical of the state's handling of a program meant to keep people with developmental disabilities in their own homes.

House speaker Richard Thompson was among the lawmakers quizzing state health officials Thursday over the waiver program, which offers a less-costly alternative to nursing homes.

Health and Human Resources say it takes time to calculate how many waiver slots it needs.

But lawmakers allege a return of the waiting lists that have spurred lawsuits and a 2000 federal ruling against the program.

Legislators also cited Alaska.

Federal officials recently froze a similar in-home care program there, finding it poorly managed.

In the last three years, 254 Alaskans have died while awaiting access to services.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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