For almost a year, seniors and their advocates in West Virginia have been uncertain about how they would afford their elder care. In November 2005, the West Virginia governor’s administration began applying a stringent evaluation tool to screen out people from the state’s Aged and Disabled Waiver program. The program pays for professionals to provide in-home care, rather than sending program participants to more expensive nursing homes. After the strict evaluation tool was implemented, at least 647 people were denied.
This settlement is in response to the appeals of those denied. The people who were kicked off the program will immediately be put back on. The West Virginia seniors and their advocates can finally rest easy.