Learn more about the proposed changes to Wisconsin's long-term care system.
DHS proposed changes to Family Care and IRIS are on hold for now
The Department of Health Services (DHS) released the Family Care and IRIS 2.0 Concept Paper, which proposed major changes to Family Care and IRIS on March 31, 2016.
DHS proposed the following in the Concept Paper that was submited to the Joint Finance Committee: New insurance entities called IHAs would replace MCOs; IHAs would provide both Family Care services and a self-directed option (like IRIS) in addition to medical services like doctor and hospital visits. IRIS would have been eliminated as a separate program.
On June 9, 2016, DHS announced that they were withdrawing their Concept Paper. That means that all of the proposed changes are on hold for now. It is likely that changes to our current long-term care system will be included in Governor Walker's next state budget, which will be introduced in early 2017.
Talking Points for DHS Public Hearings on Concept Paper: Suggested Changes to the DHS concept paper
Talking Points for DHS Public Hearings:Principles that must be the foundation of Wisconsin’s future Long Term Care system
Family Care is Already Cost-Effective: A look at the financial success of the current ltc system
Action Alert: Ask State and Federal lawmakers where they stand on long-term care and Medicaid block grants!
This document provides examples of the types of questions you should ask legislators about Family Care and IRIS. And here are some questions you could ask about Medicaid block grants.
Here is what you can do:
1. Attend a town hall or listening session and ask your questions in person!
2. Call or e-mail your legislator and ask to speak with them about your concerns. You can also post your questions on social media. Many lawmakers have Twitter and Facebook accounts.
3. Share this questions document with people you know and encourage them to ask their legislators where they stand on long-term care and Medicaid block grants.
4. To find out who your state senator and state representative are, visit: and enter your address in the text box on the right hand side.
To find out who your Congressional representative is, visit:
Wisconsin has two U.S. Senators who represent the entire state, they are Senator Tammy Baldwin and Senator Ron Johnson.
Check out our list of Congressional contacts for phone numbers and ways to e-mail your U.S. Senators and Congressional Representative.