Press Release January 12, 2016
For Immediate Release
Bill to Expand Family Care to Rock County Passes Assembly
Supported by Bipartisan Delegation from Rock County
Madison – A bill to bring Family Care to Rock County authored by Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) passed the Assembly on a voice vote today.
The entire Rock County Legislative delegation including State Senators Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) and Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) and Representatives Debra Kolste (D-Janesville), Andy Jorgenson (D-Fort Atkinson) and Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit) are signed on as co-sponsors of the bill.
Family Care provides long-term care services to qualifying low-income individuals who are elderly, physically disabled, or developmentally disabled, and who are eligible for medical assistance. Assembly Bill 453 would require the Family Care benefit and self-directed services option to be provided in Rock County before July 1, 2016.
As part of the legislation, the Department of Health Services (DHS) is exempted from soliciting the contract under a competitive bid process. This provision will allow Rock County to be annexed into an existing regional Care Management Organization (CMO), which will save time and money.
“Rock County already has a fully operational Aging and Disability Resource Center and has demonstrated that they are ready for Family Care implementation,” said Rep. Loudenbeck. “Elderly and disabled citizens in Rock County should not have to wait for services. Moving to Family Care is great news for hundreds of Rock County citizens and their families who otherwise might have to wait 10 years or longer to receive services.”
The bill is now available for scheduling in the Senate.