For Immediate Release
November 2, 2015
Hearing Set for Bill to Expand Family Care to Rock County
Supported by Bipartisan Delegation from Rock County
Madison – A bill to bring Family Care to Rock County authored by Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) has been scheduled for a public hearing and executive session before the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) on Wednesday, November 4th.
Assembly Bill 453 would require the Family Care benefit and self-directed services option to be provided in Rock County before July 1, 2016. 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. As part of the legislation, the Department of Health Services (DHS) wouldn't need approval from the committee to enter into a contract with a managed care organization.
“The Rock County Board voted in July 2014 to approve the transition to Family Care and is ready for implementation,” said Rep. Loudenbeck. “Elderly and disabled citizens in Rock County should not have to wait for services. This bill will allow DHS to more easily expand Family Care to Rock County so that our residents can access the same services as other counties that already have Family Care.”
“Moving to Family Care is great news for the nearly 400 people in Rock County who otherwise might have to wait 10 years or longer to receive services,” said County Board Chair Russ Podzilni.
Rock County Administrator Josh Smith stated, “We appreciate Rep. Loudenbeck’s leadership in moving this bill forward to ensure that some of the County’s most vulnerable citizens get the services they need.”
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 all signed on as co-sponsors of the bill.
DHS is currently restructuring the Family Care and IRIS programs and is expected to expand the program statewide by Jan. 1, 2017 or when the federal government approves a waiver, whichever occurs later.
For more information on the bill, or to track it’s progress, click here: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/proposals/ab453
Link to Legislative Fiscal Bureau paper - http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/publications/Bill-Summaries/Documents/2015-17Bills/2015_11_04_AB%20453%20Family%20Care.pdf