URGENT BUDGET ACTION ALERT:

NOW is the Time to Ask Your Legislator How Will They Vote on Long-Term Care!

A vote on the long-term care changes in state budget will come in the next two weeks and with little notice! Many legislators share our concerns about changing Family Care into a statewide insurance program run by large out-of-state companies, eliminating IRIS and dismantling ADRCs. They have told us they agree there too many questions and not enough details about how the changes will impact people with disabilities, older adults, jobs and small businesses.

A growing list of legislators including many leading Republicans and Democrats have signed on to a motion that would stop these changes. We thank them for hearing us!

However, not every legislator has committed to pull these changes out of the budget. They need to commit NOW!

NOW is the time to ask Your Legislator TWO questions:

One week is not enough time to approve any new plan for our long-term care system.

  1. Will You Join other Republican and Democrat Legislators Who Support Pulling the Changes to Family Care, IRIS and ADRCs out of the budget?

  2. Do you support a thoughtful planning process going forward that involves legislators, DHS and stakeholders and does at least these three important things:

    1. Preserves regional managed care organizations
    2. Keeps IRIS as a separate program
    3. Lets ADRCs continue to do the work of ADRCs

If your Legislator says YES to both:

Thank them! If you can, thank them publicly on social media or with a letter in the local paper.

If Your Legislator says NO or I Don’t Know Say:

  1. I know legislators are trying to develop a counter proposal to the Governor’s plan, but one week is not enough time to consider any new plan. We need a thoughtful planning process to get it right.

  2. Did you know that long-term care programs are not the drivers of increasing Medicaid costs? In fact long-term care costs are decreasing. Can you agree that a sustainable plan for Medicaid should at least focus on the right target?

  3. Did you know that other states that have adopted similar programs to what is being proposed have had major problems? Several states have had HMOs pull out unexpectedly because they could not make a profit; In several states health plans were sued for misspending taxpayer dollars.

  4. How can I get my questions answered before the budget passes and the plan becomes permanent? (Share this list of questions: http://ow.ly/MCLB6 )

Report on What Your Legislator Said to You When You Asked This Question!

Complete the short survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ltcvotes

Don’t Know Who Your Two State Legislators Are?

​Call 1–800–362–9472 and ask to confirm your representatives
Go to “Find My Legislators”: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/

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

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