Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wisconsin Puts Family Care In Difficult Position

APPLETON, Wis. -- Disability advocates count the 2011-2013 state budget the most dismal in recent history and anticipate dire consequences for some of the state’s most vulnerable residents.
Even worse, huge budget cuts in Medicaid will be developed behind closed doors at the Department of Health Services. Some savings measures will override state statute. No hearings are required when these changes are made. The Legislature gave away its authority to provide input on these changes, except through passive review.
Although Family Care, the state’s long-term care program for the elderly and disabled, is emblematic of what has always been a problem for this state — long waiting lists and underfunding — we see that those waiting lists are being eliminated at any cost to clients and providers.

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