Archive for March, 2011

Medicaid – Important Public Meeting Notice

The Department of Health Services has issued the first of several public hearing notices on Medicaid. These will be important public forums for persons with disabilities and advocates to attend to share their ideas for cost savings and improving outcomes in Medicaid-funded programs like Family Care, IRIS, Children’s Waivers, SeniorCare and BadgerCare.

This first hearing is set for March 23 at 1:00 at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay. Keep checking back in with DRW on ideas on messaging at these forums. Your voice is needed!

Come to Madison – Disability Advocacy Day is April 6!

Join us for Disability Advocacy Day on April 6 at the State Capitol in Madison! This event, sponsored by the Survival Coalition of statewide disability organizations, will bring disability advocates together to share stories with state policy makers about what people with disabilities and their families need to support Real Lives, Real Work and a Real Smart Wisconsin.

Registration Deadline is March 23!

Click here to download the registration form.

DRW and BPDD issue joint statement on revised budget repair bill

Today Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities issued a joint statement on the revised budget repair bill which has now passed both the Senate and Assembly.

On March 9 Senate Republicans passed a new version of the budget repair bill 18-1 without any Democrats present to vote. Republicans removed enough fiscal elements of the original bill to bypass the requirement for a quorum. Senator Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center was the only “no” vote. The Assembly passed the bill the follwoing day – March 10 – by a margin of 53-42 (1 not voting). The Assembly vote was mostly party line with 4 Republicans (Representatives Kaufert, Nerison, Spanbauer, Tranel) voting “no”.

Click here to download the joint BPDD and DRW statement

Ashland-Bayfield Area Housing Event

A collaboration of Ashland-Bayfield area organizations is hosting a free workshop event, Housing Rights and Realities, on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, Noon-4:30 pm at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center in Ashland. This half-day workshop and discussion is designed for the Chequamegon Bay Community about housing rights and realities for people with disabilities and victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Issues addressed will include the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act and housing laws applicable to victims of violence in Wisconsin. Resource information from many of the Ashland-Bayfield area organizations will be available through a Resource Fair, plus a Housing Guide will be given to all workshop participants. Registration is required. For a complete registration brochure, click here.

Budget aims to end growth of Medicaid programs in state

In this article from the Wisconsin State Journal, DRW Executive Director Lynn Breedlove comments on the effect Medicaid cuts will have on the Family Care program.

Wisconsin would cut Medicaid spending by $500 million over the next two years, with much of the savings coming from Family Care, under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget released Tuesday.

Click here to read the article on the State Journal website.

Family Care & IRIS Ombudsman Program Consumer Handout – Winter/Spring 2011

Here is the FCIOP handout for Family Care members and IRIS participants and their families, revised for Winter/Spring 2011.

Click here to download the Family Care & IRIS Ombudsman Program Consumer Handout – Winter/Spring 2011

Family Care & IRIS Ombudsman Program Consumer PowerPoint

Here is the FCIOP PowerPoint presentation for consumers and their families, updated for Winter/Spring 2011.

Click here to download the Family Care & IRIS Ombudsman Program Consumer PowerPoint