Tell Your Legislators Wisconsin Families and other Long-Term Care stakeholders need More Information on Family Care and IRIS 2.0

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) submitted their plan to make significant changes to Family Care and IRIS to the Joint Finance Committee on April 1st. Before the changes can take effect, the Joint Finance Committee needs to approve the plan, but many key questions about the new system remain unanswered.

See below for an update from the Wisconsin Long-term Care Coalition, and an alert to contact your legislator if you have concerns about the changes to Family Care and IRIS. For information about the Coalition, visit their website at www.wilongtermcarecoalition.org/

Barbara Beckert, Milwaukee Office Director: DISABILITY RIGHTS WISCONSIN
6737 W. Washington St., Suite 3230 Milwaukee, WI 53214
414–773–4646 Ext 15 Voice
414–773–4647 Fax
barbara.beckert@drwi.org


Tell Your Legislators Wisconsin Families and other Long-Term Care stakeholders need More Information on Family Care and IRIS 2.0

Department of Health Services (DHS) submitted their plan to make significant changes to Family Care and IRIS to the Joint Finance Committee on April 1st. Before the changes can take effect, the Joint Finance Committee needs to approve the plan, but many key questions about the new system remain unanswered.

Let your legislators know this week that there are still too many unanswered questions about DHS’s plan for Family Care and IRIS 2.0. Members of the JFC will be deciding next steps on the concept paper in the next few days. Your legislators need to know that the Joint Finance Committee should be asking DHS for more details before taking any action on the plan.

The Wisconsin Long Term Care Coalition recently sent a memo to members of the Joint Finance Committee telling them which parts of the plan need more detail. We are concerned that:

  • There is no clear plan to notify current Family Care and IRIS members that their programs are changing and no transition plan for the 60,000 Wisconsinites that will be removed from their current program

  • There is no evidence of any cost savings

  • The new budget-setting method proposed for self-direction does not keep the legislature’s promise to preserve IRIS

  • The three region model proposed by DHS will effectively prohibit most, if not all, current MCOs from providing services in the new system

  • Critical details are missing regarding the integration of behavioral health services into the program, specifically, how the new program will coordinate with counties

  • There are no clear details on how DHS will ensure that IHAs have enough provider in their networks

If you have concerns now is the time to contact your legislator asking that the Joint Finance Committee defer any action until more details are provided.

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.

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