Joint Finance to Vote on Future of Long-term Care Next Week!

If you have yet to sign, please do sign on to the Wisconsin Long-term Care Coalition’s resolution on maintaining the current long-term care system.

Next week, the Joint Finance Committee will vote on the future of Wisconsin’s long-term care system. While we are encouraged by the Joint Finance Committee co-chairs’ comments that they plan to remove the proposed changes to Wisconsin’s long-term care system, we are very concerned that this new proposal does not protect key elements of our current long-term care system.

The new plan does not address the following concerns:

  • Keeping our regional, homegrown MCOs
  • Maintaining the separate IRIS program
  • Keeping the current Aging and Disability Resource model

We have attached a recent press release put out by the Wisconsin Long-term Care Coalition regarding the cost-effectiveness of our long-term care system and a memo to legislators detailing our concerns regarding the new plan.

Now is the time for the Joint Finance Committee and the State Legislature to hear from YOU! As Wisconsin businesses, local governments and state and regional organizations, your voice matters in this debate.

Our ask is simple: remove all changes to the long-term care system (Family Care, IRIS, Aging and Disability Resource Centers) from the state budget and require any new plan to reform our long-term care system to contain the following elements: our current Managed Care Organizations, the separate self-directed IRIS program and our existing ADRC services and model.

Here is what you can do to help:

  • Send an action alert to your networks and ask them to contact their legislators (a sample alert is attached)

  • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper on behalf of your organization or yourself.

  • Contact your state legislators and members of the Joint Finance Committee.

HOW DO I CONTACT MY LEGISLATOR?
The first step in contacting your legislator is knowing who your legislator is. The easiest way to do this is the tool found on the Legislature’s home page, at http://legis.wisconsin.gov In the right-hand side of that page is a link that says Find My Legislators! Type your address in the box below that link to get the names of your state representative and senator.

  • Phone. You may leave a message for your legislator’s Capitol office or indicate your position on legislation through the toll free Legislative Hotline, at 1–800–362–9472.

  • E-mail. The e-mail addresses of members of the Wisconsin Legislature all have the same format. For members of the Assembly, the form is Rep.Jones@legis.wisconsin.gov; for members of the Senate, the form is Sen.Adams@legis.wisconsin.gov.


Documents

Supporter memo

Cost savings

Sample Action Alert

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Last edited by Tyler Schuster.   Page last modified on May 22, 2015

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