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.
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.
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.