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Legislators embrace waiver program

March 26, 2014

For too many years, state policymakers viewed West Virginia’s Aged and Disabled Waiver program for Medicaid patients in exactly the wrong way. They saw it as an expense to be avoided....

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Apr-10-14 9:06 AM

I just heard Obama backtracked yet again on an Obamacare mandate that would have shut down Medicare Advantage. You see, his cohorts, the democrat progressives are in danger losing elections of lately and coming into NOvember midterms. So he just keeps pushing back the deadlines on the destructive harmful mandates so voters won't be FEELING the harmful mandates right before the election.

As Obama said to Putin, applies here also: "AFTER the election, I will be more flexible."

After the election, all mandates WILL be cleared to GO. The real suffering will start day 1 AFTER election.

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Mar-28-14 7:55 AM

I always believed this program is worth investing in. It saves tax dollars and allows folks to stay in their own homes. A win-win situation for both taxpayers and disabled/elderly!!!

I fail to see why any legislator would have a problem with this. Most disabled/elderly would be in a home with a loved one also, which would only help 'increase' that loved one's mental state of mind as NO ONE wishes to have to go to a nursing home; no one! Just the fact one could stay in their own home would in itself, make a tremendous difference in their stress level as such a move into nursing homes itself makes one depressed and despondant. I think even dr's would agree with this assessment. Your attitude makes a big difference in your ability to respond to treatment.

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Mar-27-14 7:00 AM

The cost for staying in a nursing home is between $6000 and $7000 a month. If you take the lowest figure and multiply it by 12 months, that's $72,000 a year. Considering most home care specialist in this area are paid around $35,000 a year, in home care is much less expensive than keeping them in a nursing home.

Let's consider this. If a nursing home profited just $2500 of the $6000, that comes to $30,000 per patient. Some of the larger homes have 75 to 100 patients. At the low end of the scale, that $2.25 million a year. A nice tidy profit in anyone's book. When you take into consideration that the family usually buys clothing, soaps, lotions and other items for the patient, it's a heck of a business to be in. When they are allowed to stay in their home, the expense is half, and the patients are much healthier and happier. But when you look at it from the government's point of view, you cost them nothing when you're dead.

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Mar-27-14 6:13 AM

The trouble with this story is there are governor has cut $3.5 million from this program shall instead of 5 million added to it 1.5 million was added to it. I am currently trying to take advantage of this program I am severely disabled and I very desperately need the help and if I cannot get to help very shortly I will have to go back in to the nursing home to get the care that I need I'm one of those that would rather stay in my home for as long as possible and I cannot understand why the governor would cut this amount of money from a program that is so desperately needed

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