Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker's administration drops plan to shift Family Care to for-profit insurers
Wisconsin State Journal: Health Services Department withdraws request for changes to state Medicaid programs
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March 31, 2015
Why Dismantle the ADRC Model the Governor is Applauding?
The Wisconsin Long-term Care Coalition sent a letter to Joint Finance Co-Chairs this week regarding a proclamation issued by Governor Walker declaring May 2015 as Aging and Disability Resource Center month. Given the numerous qualiative and quantitative evidence provided in the Governor's proclamation that ADRCs help people "conserve personal resources, maintain self-sufficiency, and delay or prevent the need for more expensive long-term care," it is unclear why the proposed budget would undo our current local model.
April 14, 2015
WI LTC Coalition Responds to Misinformation
The Wisconsin Long-term Care Coalition sent a memo to legislators Monday responding to misinformation circulating about Wisconsin’s excellent long-term care system, which includes Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), Family Care, the self-directed IRIS program, and the integrated Family Care Partnership program. Many of the misleading claims being made in support of the proposed state budget’s plan to dismantle our current long-term care system are based on pure speculation and do not have any evidence, data, or credible evaluation to back them up. There is absolutely no evidence that what is being proposed is as good as or as cost-effective as our existing system.
Hundreds of Personal Stories Delivered to Legislature
Over 600 personal stories detailing the importance of Family Care and IRIS were delivered to the state Legislature this week.
May 25, 2015
Remove all Changes to Long-term Care from the State Budget
The Wisconsin Long-term Care Coalition issued a memo to members of the Joint Finance Committee urging them to remove all of the proposed changes to long-term care from the state budget bill. There is no proof that the proposed changes will save money or make our programs better. No new plans should be developed until stakeholders weigh in.
March 14, 2015
Over 200 Organizations Support Maintaining our Current System
Over 200 aging and disability organizations, service providers and agencies have signed on to our resolution calling for the preservation of Wisconsin's nationally recognized long-term care system. See the full list here.
May 27, 2015
Advocates and Families Shocked by New Long-term Care Proposal
Despite the urging from thousands of stakeholders to remove all changes to long-term care from the state budget bill, the Joint Finance Committee unveiled a plan to create a new, untested system for the 55,000 people who rely on our long-term care system. Full statement here.
September 9, 2015
Stakeholders Call for a Robust Public Input Process
People with disabilities, older adults, caregivers, providers and other stakeholders will have their first opportunity today in Green Bay to voice opinions about Wisconsin’s plans to significantly change the long-term care system. The Wisconsin Long-term Care Coalition calls for a comprehensive and meaningful public input process that gives long-term care stakeholders the opportunity to provide ongoing feedback on the long-term care redesign.
January 12, 2016
LTC Coalition Responds to 172 DHS Decision Items
The Department of Health Services has released a list of 172 key decisions that need to be made as the state considers changes to Family Care and IRIS.
The Wisconsin Long-term Care Coalition gathered input from long-term care stakeholders and responded to almost all of the 172 key decisions identified by DHS.
LTC Coalition Unveils Blueprint For Long Term Care Redesign
More than 60 organizations and stakeholder groups, including people with disabilities and older adults who use Wisconsin’s Family Care and IRIS programs, unveiled a comprehensive blueprint for long term care redesign this week, outlining their vision for how the new long-term care system should look in the future.
February 24, 2016
Blueprint Briefing March 11 in Milwaukee
Join us for a briefing on the Stakeholders' Blueprint for Long Term Care Redesign on March 11 at IndependenceFirst (540 S 1st St., Milwaukee, WI). The presentation by Co-Chair Lynn Breedlove will be from 3:00pm to 3:55pm followed by audience questions and discussion until 4:30 pm. The first 30 attendees will receive a free copy of the (36 page) blueprint.
March 11, 2016
LTC Coalition Testimony on Concept Paper
The Wisconsin Long Term Care Coalition provided the following input to DHS on the Family Care and IRIS 2.0 concept paper:
April 12, 2016
LTC Coalition Asks JFC to Defer Action on Concept Paper
Long-term care stakeholders today urged Joint Finance Committee members to use an option recently outlined by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau and defer action on the Family Care/IRIS 2.0 Concept Paper until additional information or clarification is provided by the Department of Health Services (DHS).
May 12, 2016
No Long Term Care Cost Savings Projected for Family Care and IRIS 2.0
The Wisconsin Long Term Care Coalition sent a memo to members of the Joint Finance Committee Wednesday in response to recent Family Care and IRIS 2.0 financial analysis done by the Department of Health Services that reveals there will be no long-term care cost savings due to the proposed redesign.
May 26, 2016
Time to Change Focus of Long Term Care Redesign
The Wisconsin Long Term Care Coalition calls on the legislature to formally put an end to the year-long uncertainty created by the proposed long-term care redesign and announce that no action will be taken on the Family Care and IRIS 2.0 Concept Paper during 2016.
Given that the Concept Paper fails to produce any long-term care cost savings, violates legislative intent in several key areas, and would only offer a fully integrated benefit for about 20% of current enrollees, the Wisconsin Long Term Care Coalition believes it is time to look for solutions within our current system.
June 10, 2016
DHS Decision to Withdraw Concept Paper Shows That Voices of Older Adults and People with Disabilities were Heard
The Wisconsin Long Term Care Coalition is encouraged by the Department of Health Services’ announcement that, due to feedback and concerns received from long-term care stakeholders and legislators, the state has decided “to withdraw the Concept Plan approval request” for Family Care and IRIS 2.0 at this time.
Read our full statement here.
June 14, 2016
Stakeholders looking ahead to 2017-19 state budget
The Wisconsin Long Term Care Coalition took steps to continue the discussion about long-term care sustainability Tuesday by presenting members of the Legislature with several ideas to consider as they look to the 2017-19 state budget process.
July 1, 2016
LTC Stakeholders Celebrate Rock County Family Care/IRIS Expansion
Long-term care stakeholders are celebrating today as Rock County residents officially gain access to Wisconsin’s nationally-recognized long-term care programs Family Care and IRIS.
The Wisconsin Long Term Care Coalition continues to advocate for expansion of Family Care/IRIS to the 1,500 individuals waiting for services in the seven remaining legacy waiver counties.
July 29, 2016
Stakeholders Support DHS Plans to Expand FC/IRIS Statewide
The Wisconsin Long Term Care Coalition supports DHS' plans to expand Family Care and IRIS statewide by 2018. We thank Governor Walker and DHS for taking steps to ending the waiting lists for adult long-term care services.
January 10, 2017
LTC Stakeholders Question Impact of Medicaid Block Grants
Discussions taking place at the federal level about Medicaid block grants are of significant concern to the 1.2 million Wisconsinites, including people with disabilities and older adults, who are covered by the program.
“We are hearing from older adults and people with disabilities across the state who are worried that potential Medicaid block grants will impact their ability to continue living and working in the community,” said Wisconsin Long Term Care Coalition Co-Chair Lynn Breedlove. “We hope to work with lawmakers to get answers to the many questions we have about what Medicaid block grants would mean for Wisconsin.”
February 9, 2017
LTC Stakeholders Pleased to See No Changes to Family Care, IRIS, ADRCs in State Budget
The Wisconsin Long Term Care Coalition is encouraged to see that Governor Walker’s budget maintains the state’s nationally recognized adult long-term care system which supports 60,000 people with disabilities and older adults. Family Care, IRIS, Partnership and Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) have proven track records of supporting people with disabilities and older adults in home and community-based settings and saving taxpayer dollars.
Advocates also applaud Governor Walker’s proposed $40 million investment to end the children’s long-term care waiting list for the 2,200 children with disabilities currently in need of supports.