West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Governor to Provide $5.5 Million More to Aged and Disabled Waiver Program

3/31/2010 Gov. Joe Manchin today announced that in addition to the $2 million increase provided for in the just-approved state budget, he will seek an additional $5.5 million to allow more West Virginia seniors to take advantage the state’s Medicaid Aged and Disabled Waiver (A/D) program.

“We applaud the governor for taking this initiative,” said Sen. Roman Prezioso, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Resources. “Our state’s senior citizens are among our most valuable assets, and we need to provide them the opportunity to live with grace in their homes for as long as it is financially possible for the state.”

Del. Don Perdue, chairman of the House Committee on Health and Human Resources, said, “I am delighted that Gov. Manchin has taken what the Legislature sees as a necessary step in protecting the needs of the seniors in our state. His quick action to provide the capital resources needed to eliminate the current waiting list, and his clear commitment to reduce the likelihood that it may once again approach the numbers we have seen is testament to a collaborative effort by both the executive and legislative branches to allow eligible seniors to stay in their homes and live independently as possible.”

The governor said he will ask for the supplemental appropriation in an upcoming special session of the Legislature. The money would be placed into a reserve account to alleviate a possible waiting list for seniors who become eligible for the waiver program after July 1.

The governor already had dedicated enough money in the fiscal year 2011 budget to accommodate all of those eligible citizens who would be on the A/D waiver waiting list at the end of the 2010 fiscal year, which ends June 30. The supplemental appropriation should cover those who are expected to become eligible throughout the coming year, rather than waiting until next July for the necessary funding.

“I am proud of what we have done to care for our seniors, who have given so much to our state throughout their lifetimes,” Manchin said. “In addition to increasing funding for the A/D waiver more than 100 percent in the last three years alone, we have provided an additional $26 million for senior programs – the most ever.

“While we have limited financial resources and we must not create programs we can’t afford, we will do everything in our power to help those who are needy and who meet eligibility requirements to stay in their homes as long as possible. I have worked closely with Del. Don Perdue and Sen. Roman Prezioso on this plan to help pay for in-home care for those who need it most.”

While about 6,000 West Virginians currently receive services through the A/D waiver, tens of thousands benefit from in-home programs provided by the state Bureau of Senior Services. Since 2005, Manchin has increased funding for two new in-home care programs, including the Lighthouse program, which serves West Virginians medically in need of in-home services but who do not financially qualify for the A/D waiver. By the end of this fiscal year, every county will have received a new food delivery truck to reach homebound seniors with hot, nutritious meals.

“Throughout this national recession, while many states have closed senior centers and cut funding for their programs, West Virginia has expanded its reach to more of our seniors than ever,” Manchin said. “We will continue to serve our seniors at the highest level possible within our resources.”

In 2005, fewer than 40,000 seniors were being served by the Bureau of Senior Services. At the end of FY 2009, 120,000 seniors were receiving Bureau services.

Contact Information

Jama Jarrett or Melvin Smith
304-558-2000