The Delta Record | Community home service providers will see their payment increase

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CHARLESTON – Governor Jim Justice and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced that due to the critical need for in-home health care workers for West Virginia’s most vulnerable residents, the program DHHR’s Medicaid will designate additional federal funds to increase rates for home and community service providers.

“These providers have stepped up to make sure West Virginia’s elderly and disabled people receive the care they need,” Governor Justice said. “We appreciate all the work they do, and especially during this pandemic. In total, this is an investment of approximately $240 million.

The increased funding will help recruit and retain the workforce providing home and community services through programs such as the Elderly and Disabled Waiver, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Waiver and waiver for children with severe emotional disturbances.

“DHHR is directing that at least 85% of the additional funds be used to increase the salaries and benefits of direct care workers serving our vulnerable populations,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR’s Cabinet Secretary.

DHHR’s Office of Medical Services will seek approval from the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and expects funds to be available in October 2022.

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Elaine R. Knight