DHHR raises pay for house nurses by $240 million

West Virginia is committing millions of dollars to meet urgent home caregiver needs.

The Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) will invest approximately $240 million in federal Medicaid funding to increase rates for home health care and community-based service providers.

DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch said the pay rise will help recruit and retain workers who provide a variety of services.

“A workforce that provides home and community-based services through programs including the Elderly and Disabled Individuals Waiver, the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Waiver, and the Children with Severe Emotional Disorders Waiver,” Crouch said. “We want to thank the employees at these agencies who are providing these much-needed services to our clientele across the state.”

Crouch said the funds go to the many agencies that employ direct caregivers.

“The DHHR mandates that at least 85 percent of the increased funds be used for increased wages and benefits for caregivers who serve our vulnerable populations,” Crouch said.

DHHR’s Bureau for Medical Services will seek approval from the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and expects funds to be available in October 2022.

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