Funds offered for greater wages and advantages for residence care employees

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s home nurses get a raise.

Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Departments of Health and Human Resources announced last week that the Medicaid program will provide additional federal dollars for higher wages and benefits. Funding totals $240 million.

“These dollars will help recruit and retain workers for home and community services and provide needed care for West Virginia’s elderly and people with disabilities,” Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch said during the coronavirus briefing on Friday.

According to Crouch, at least 85% of the funds would go to workers in wages and benefits. Agencies would have until March 31, 2025 to spend the funds.

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services must approve this use of funds. State officials expect the money to be available in October.

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