Governor Tomblin Announces Available Slots for the Aged and Disabled Waiver Program
Program provides long-term care alternative to W.Va. families
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced today slots are available for additional West Virginians to receive Aged and Disabled Waiver Services. The governor has directed the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to move 120 West Virginians from the managed enrollment list to fill these vacant positions for the upcoming year. The positions became available due to members who left the program at some point during state fiscal year 2012 due to death, moving out of state or to a nursing facility, or for other reasons. The federal Center for Medicaid Services rules require slots not be re-filled until the next fiscal year.
“The Aged and Disabled Waiver program allows those enrolled to receive traditional Medicaid services in addition to other in-home services designed to allow recipients to stay in their homes longer—which is a blessing for all,” said Gov. Tomblin.
DHHR announced a freeze on enrollment in the Aged and Disabled Waiver program last year. This move was made to maintain the current level of services for individuals already enrolled in the program.
Factors that contributed to last year’s decision included a drop in the federal match rate from 83.05 percent to 72.62 percent and a five percent increase in the average cost per person receiving waiver services. The match rate determines the amount of federal and state money contributed to the program. As a result of last year’s freeze, a managed enrollment list was created.
Amy Shuler Goodwin