By LORI KERSEY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After nearly an hour of discussion Thursday, the House of Delegates voted 67-32 to pass a bill making changes to the state’s foster care system.
House Bill 2010 includes a provision that moves West Virginia’s foster care children, those receiving adoption assistance, onto the rolls of a private managed care organization. Also included in the managed care plan, but phased in later, would be people up to age 26 who formerly were in foster care and those families at risk of entering foster care.
The Department of Health and Human Resources is currently accepting public comments on a draft contract with an MCO company. An agency official said last week that DHHR has the authority to move the children into managed care and intended to do so with or without the Legislature’s approval.
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