HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 128
(By Delegates Williams, Moye, Perdue, Perry Pino, Pethtel, Manypenny, Ferro, Stephens, Campbell, Border, Smith, Rowan, Young, Faircloth, Raines, O’Neal, Sumner and Arvon)
[Originating in the Committee on Senior Citizens Issues;
Reported April 4, 2013.]
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the needs, challenges and issues facing senior citizens in finding personal care services.
Whereas, West Virginia currently has the second largest senior population in the country with sixteen percent of the state’s population being sixty five years of age or older; and
Whereas, It has been estimated that over eight out of ten individuals sixty-five years of age and older will suffer one or more chronic conditions in their lifetime with six out of ten facing the need for long-term care; and
Whereas, The availability of personal care services is crucial in allowing individuals to remain in their homes, preserving a better quality of life as they age by avoiding long-term institutional care; and
WHEREAS, The current certificate of need standards and processes for personal care services have not been updated for several years which may have the effect of limiting the availability of personal care services and freedom of choice; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to conduct a study of the needs, challenges and issues facing West Virginia’s senior citizens in finding personal care services including the impact of the existing certificate of need standards and process on such service availability; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.