Our seniors have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even in the best of times, we have a duty to protect West Virginia’s most vulnerable, but certainly we must take additional measures to ensure that our elderly population is healthy and safe. 


As Kanawha County Commissioner, Ben worked to test every nursing home resident and the staff. He also cleared the waitlist for seniors in need of a home-delivered meal. 


As Governor, Salango Will:


Ensure the safety of seniors in nursing homes during COVID-19 and every day.

  • Expand vigilant testing in our nursing homes and senior centers. 

  • Provide adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all residents, staff, and visitors. 

  • Establish a tip line to enable residents, their families, and care providers to anonymously call in violations at senior living facilities. 


Make sure no senior goes hungry 

  • Clear the waitlist for West Virginia seniors in need of a hot meal. 

  • Update home-delivery vehicles for each county. 

  • Secure funds for senior centers and meal programs. 

Cut healthcare costs and ensure access to quality healthcare for seniors

  • Ensure all seniors can get home care to live with dignity in their communities. 

  • Expand programs aimed at preventing disease and incentivizing healthy living.

  • Enable seniors to seek the care they need from the providers they trust.

  • Keep rural hospitals open. (see rural hospital protection plan here).

  • Build small-format hospitals (25 beds) in rural communities so seniors don’t have to travel far for care. 


Support seniors, who want to, age in place

  • Use Medicaid dollars to keep seniors in their homes. 

  • Make it easier for seniors to connect with federal and state services that can help them such as the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

  • Expand access to transportation assistance for seniors.


Address economic insecurity

  • Immediately implement full Social Security Income tax relief.

  • Fight to protect pensions and earned retirement benefits.

Increase the number of home health care workers.

  • Train and recruit more West Virginians to work in the home health care field.


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