The proposed state budget freezes all community long term care programs except nursing homes, which are more expensive than in-home care. This includes Family Care, IRIS, Partnership, PACE, and the Children’s Waivers. People currently getting services will still receive them; however, other older adults, and children and adults with disabilities will not be able to enroll unless this cap is lifted. The cap will not save money because it will lead to an increased use of expensive and preventable institutional care.
Act Now! Ask state legislators to lift the cap on community long term care services because they are more cost effective than institutions and better for people.
- Contact your legislators and Joint Finance Committee members. Ask them to Keep the Community Promise and lift the caps on community long term care services. See the action alert with a sample message. If you do not know who your state legislators are, go to http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx.
- Email Joint Finance at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sign the petition to lift the caps at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/keepthecommunitypromise/