Fighting to Restore Money for In-home Care

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

West Virginia is pressing to expand the Medicaid Aged and Disabled Waiver Program, which helps state residents continue to live at home as they age, rather than moving into a nursing home or assisted living facility.

About 9 in 10 older Americans want to stay at home as they age, AARP research shows, and in-home services usually are more cost-effective than institutional care.

The program provides in-home services—such as help with bathing—for about 6,000 West Virginians. About an additional 2,000 people are eligible but are on a waiting list.

State lawmakers voted this year to eliminate the waiting list, but Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) trimmed the expansion with a line-item veto. AARP is working to get the money restored and urges members to call the governor’s office at 304-558-2000.

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Seniors need this help NOW. I live with my daughter who is my sole caregiver (she gave up her job to stay home & take care of me), as I can not live on my own. I have dementia, plus I could not afford the cost of living on my own ( rent,food,utilities, & medications). My daughter filled out forms for help with WVMI ( a medicare waver program) to get some help caring for me. They had a case manager come & do an evaluation & I was found eligible, I was put on a waiting list & that was over a year ago.

My daughter was told there are not enough caregivers, and can not be hired to be my caregiver as she is my MPOA?

 Does the government not understand that paying my daughter would cost a lot less that if I have to go into a nursing home?