This debate resulted in little change in the requirements. In a more recent legislative session, House members were told that cumbersome requirements were contributing to a shortage of in-home personal care providers.
Evan Jenkins, a state senator and executive director of the state Medical Association, has said that West Virginia has one of the most restrictive CON laws in the country.
West Virginia is out of step because of our restrictive environment. We should become more like other states and do away with or reduce our CON oversight.
Movement of health care facilities and providers from West Virginia to Ohio has been a real boon to Belpre.
Belpre's mayor, Mike Lorentz, was quoted as saying "I have lived here all of my life and cannot remember something of such a large magnitude taking place."
Deem, owner of J. Frank Deem Oil & Gas in Parkersburg, served 30 years in the Legislature.