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Policy Updates

Sept. 12, 2022

Sept. 11, 2022

Senior programs need an additional $5-6 million annually

Senior service programs in West Virginia provide tens of thousands of meals to over-60 West Virginians. It will take $5-6 million more next year to maintain current levels, according to testimony presented Sunday to the Select Committee on PEIA, Seniors and Long-Term Care. Jennifer Brown, West Virginia Director of Senior and Community Services, asked committee members to take note of the amount of money needed and to allow greater flexibility to transfer existing funds where they are most needed.

Brown said about 70 percent of the funding for senior centers comes from billing for services provided to seniors. She complained slightly that a new funding formula from the Bureau for Senior Services has taken money away from some centers.

She noted senior programs, which are answerable to local boards, provide services to more than 30,000 West Virginians. Besides nutrition services, they provide social activities, transportation and breaks for caregivers. She said the programs allow seniors to remain in their homes rather than entering nursing homes.

To better address what seniors need, senior service centers are working with John Deskins, director of the West Virginia University Bureau for Business and Economic Research, to survey seniors about the services they need.

Brown said it is difficult to hire individuals to work in the programs and keep them employed. While there are no income restrictions for senior programs, Brown said most services go to low-income seniors.

A couple of members wanted to ensure those seeking unemployment benefits had first sought employment with senior centers while another railed against the possibility of seniors with $1 million a year in annual income accessing senior services.

Sept. 06, 2022

Legislature releases interim schedule

Select Committee on PEIA, Seniors and Long -Term Care 

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, 2-3 p.m.

Senate Finance - 451M

Jennifer Brown – WV Director of Senior and Community Services to discuss challenges providing services to seniors post pandemic

Joint Committee on Finance

Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

House Chamber

No agenda available

Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary

Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Senate Chamber

No agenda available

Joint Committee on Health