State Budget Update
In The Legislature
We had another omnibus motion
this week in the Joint Finance Committee (JFC). All of the budget
motions relating to long-term care were combined into one large motion
that was approved on a party-line vote late last night.
IRIS (Include, Respect, I-Self-Direct), is an alternative to managed care for people who qualify for Family Care. Consultants help enrollees create a plan and they receive a stipend to cover services. 11,500 Wisconsinites are enrolled in the program.
The Governorís budget proposal would have:
Here is a run-down of what happened:
In essence, the
JFC voted to go along with most of the changes proposed by the Governor.
As we are currently working to better understand the implications of
these changes, there is a lot of uncertainty about how these programs
will operate moving forward. As I learn more details, I will be sure to
pass them on to you. However, I am able to state that the affected
families and caregivers I have spoken with have indicated that they are
still strongly opposed to these changes and they believe that the
changes will adversely affect the options that are presently available
for services. The overwhelming response I have heard from people is that
this is one of our most efficient and effective programs; ďIf itís not
broken, donít fix it and, for goodness sake, donít break it.Ē
Leasing Buildings for State Use
The JFC will be
meeting tomorrow for what will most likely be their last meeting and it
is expected to be a long one. Up on the agenda are many big issues that
have been ďsaved for lastĒ such as the University of Wisconsin System,
transportation funding, taxes and the Department of Natural Resources.
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