Two local families may not be having a happy Christmas. Two men who both use ventilators to breathe are having trouble with their Medicaid insurance.
One man is turning 21 years old on Christmas day. That's also the day that Medicaid will stop paying for his nurse care, because he will then be considered an adult.
Because of this, the funding will stop coming from Medicaid and the family will have to pay for nurses.
For families who can't afford this, the only option is a nursing home.
However, in West Virginia nursing homes will not accept people who are on ventilators. The only option for these families is to send the patient to a nursing home out of state.
Josh Hancock is 38 years old, and his mother, Karen, takes care of him on a daily basis.
She is starting to become unable to care for him, and they have to consider alternate options.
"She needs her own medical care, and Josh is at the point now where he may have to consider going to a nursing home out of state just so his mother can get the care she needs to allow them both to come back home" said Jan Derry, Director of Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living.
Delegates, family members, and the President of the West Virginia Nurses Association all gathered together at the Bridgeport Conference Center to learn more about the problems and discuss solutions.