CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Following pressure from thousands of West Virginians, state officials are altering proposed changes to a state waiver program aimed at providing assistance to those with disabilities.
Dozens of frustrated residents clad in red shirts took to the Capitol once again Tuesday, using the opportunity to make appeals to state officials and deliver more than 11,000 signatures to the governor’s office expressing opposition to the proposed cuts to the state’s Medicaid Title XIX Home and Community Based Services Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities proposed by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
In the morning, Delegate Patrick Lane, R-Kanawha, held an impromptu public hearing outside the House of Delegates chamber to speak about the potential cuts. The audience, which included family members and recipients of the waiver program, as well as several state lawmakers, expressed frustration over an attempt by the DHHR to scale back the state’s waiver program.
The program provides community-based and in-home services for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities who would otherwise qualify for placement in an institution.
Several people who rely on the assistance the waiver provides spoke of its importance…