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Shortened bill separates some DHHR agencies

Created on:   Tue, Feb 6, 2018   8:57 PM

Last modified:   Tue, Feb 6, 2018   8:57 PM

The Dominion Post

CHARLESTON — The House Health and Human Resources Committee on Tuesday evening approved a scaled-down version of the bill to break up the Department of Health and Human Resources.

The original bill, a 500-pager, proposed to break DHHR into four separate entities.

The new bill is only 66 pages and keeps DHHR largely intact, breaking out only two separate agencies. The Office of Inspector General will become independent, charged with investigating fraud, waste and abuse throughout state government.

Also removed from DHHR will be the Department of Health Care Facilities, with a new secretary payed $95,000 per year. The department will oversee all the state hospitals and long-term care facilities, and will have the power to sell them.