Christmas Means End of In-Home Care for W.Va. Man

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Christmas brought an unwelcome change to one disabled West Virginia man and his family.

Collin Huff turned 21 on Tuesday. The Harrison County man is now too old for in-home Medicaid services.

Huff suffers from various ailments including pulmonary high blood pressure. The severe disorder requires Huff to rely on a ventilator, usually at night.

His family is bracing for the loss of in-home nursing care that Medicaid helped provide. They say local nursing homes don't have space for him. That leaves out-of-state facilities.

But Huff's family is trying to keep him home. They say his health is declining. He no longer gets around on his own, and was just diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver.

Huff's family is appealing to state officials for a waiver from Medicaid rules.

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