W.Va. Legislative Democrats call for funding, recognition of issues facing senior citizens in state

West Virginia Press Report

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Saying the legislators and residents of West Virginia should be be ashamed, West Virginia Sen. Doug Facemire and other Democrat legislators today, Feb. 12, called for funding and action to ensure the state’s senior citizens do not have to choose between their medicine and food.

W.Va. Sen. Doug Facemire, D-Braxton, Delegate Chad Lovejoy, D-Cabell, and Senator Ron Stollings, D-Boone, present the Democrat’s presentation: “West Virginians First.”

Sen. Facemire, D-Braxton, Delegate Chad Lovejoy, D-Cabell, and Senator Ron Stollings, D-Boone, presented the Democrat’s presentation: “West Virginians First” in the Lewis McManus Room at the Capitol.

Other Democrats attending the presentation included Senators Richard Lindsay, D-Kanawha; and William Ihlenfeld, D-Ohio; and Delegates Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha; Randy Swartzmiller, D-Hancock; Rodney Pyles, D-Monongalia; Joe Canestraro, D-Marshall; William Hartman, D-Randolph; Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha; and Cindy Lavender-Bowe, D-Greenbrier.

Each day more than 85,000 senior citizens in West Virginia worry about having enough money for both their food and their medicine, Sen. Facemire said.

Sen. Stollings said “the downward pressure on the budget” reduces funds for senior programs and in-home programs, despite the fact that in-home programs are “high touch” in terms on personal contact for seniors and “low cost” in terms of expense.

West Virginia Sen. Doug Facemire says W.Va. legislators and residents should be be ashamed that 85,000 senior citizens worry each day about being able to afford both their medicine and food. WV Press video.

The Democrats said the cost for seniors to take at home is 1/3 of the cost of them staying in care facilities.

The senior citizens want to stay at home,” Facemire said.

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