An Added Delay, but Action Anticipated in Months to Come
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades sent a letter to the co-chairs of the Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance on June 9 to officially, "withdraw the concept plan approval request at this time." According to the letter Secretary Rhoades stated, "I remain committed to the goal of an integrated outcome-based care model that coordinates all of an individual's care needs. I look forward to working with members of the legislature, advocates and stakeholders to continue to make progress towards this goal and improve the quality, coordination and cost effectiveness of Medicaid services."
This latest action suggests the delay in the approval of Family Care 2.0 will be measured in months. The Joint Committee on Finance traditionally meets on a quarterly basis during non-budget years. The Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 13th on other agency program approvals - meaning the Committee will likely not meet again until September and December of this year. However, when DHS resubmits the concept plan at a later date - the Committee can meet at anytime the chairs choose.
As evidenced in the letter, DHS Secretary Rhoades will be working "with members of the legislature, advocates and stakeholders," suggesting that DHS will be pursuing a path for future approval. When that re-submission and approval will occur is unclear. For now, the focus of Wisconsin's state legislators and candidates will focus on the upcoming Partisan Primary (August 9, 2016) and the Fall General Election (November 8, 2016).