|Republicans Protect Long Term Care
Wednesday, Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee introduced a plan that would save valuable long term care programs relied on by Wisconsin's most vulnerable citizens. I am happy to say the plan restores Aging & Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) statewide and continues the IRIS program.
These programs provide long-term care services to qualifying low-income individuals who are elderly, physically disabled, or developmentally disabled and who are eligible for medical assistance. My office received an outpouring of support for these important programs, and I support their continuation wholeheartedly.
The protections were included by the committee as part of a new FamilyCare Plus program which would build upon the successes of FamilyCare, and make the program sustainable long-term. Overall, the new program would preserve ADRCs, IRIS, local districts and long-term care districts, while incorporating reforms like integrated care, competition and statewide expansion.
These changes will be included in the final state budget which will need to pass both the Senate and Assembly before being signed into law.