A group who cares for the elderly and disabled is anticipating paying more in taxes; while continuing to deal with inadequate funding at the state and federal level. Paul Soczynski of Community Care Inc. says they expect a tax hike when health care reform passes.
AUDIO: Paul Soczynski (MP3 :20)
With care programs always under the threat of budget slashing, Stephanie Sue Stein, Director of the Milwaukee County Department on Aging, told state lawmakers to draw a line in the sand.
AUDIO: Stephanie Sue Stein (MP3 :17)
Shelly Hansen-Blake, VP of Community Alliance Providers of Wisconsin, says funding issues lead to a shortage of direct care workers. This adds stress to remaining care providers and increases chances of abuse or neglect among the developmentally disabled patients.
They were among more than a dozen speakers invited by the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long Term Care for an informational hearing Thursday on aging and care issues in Wisconsin.