Governor Scott Walker’s budget contains concerns, for supporters of Wisconsin’s long-term care system.
The proposal would overhaul the system that provides long-term care to more than 50,000 residents who are elderly or have long-term disabilities. The state spends some $2 billion annually on the Family Care and IRIS Medicaid programs. The budget proposal would have the state contract with insurance companies to manage both long-term care and medical care.
Beth Swedeen, co-chair of the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations, said there are still many unanswered questions surrounding the proposed changes.
“Everybody has people in their lives who have disabilities. Everybody has people in their lives who are aging and who might be in need of support,” she said. Supporters are calling on lawmakers today at the Capitol.