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Call to Action!

Friday, May 24, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Novoselac
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Requesting Call to Action

 

Background

WALA continues to advocate on your behalf to help address the caregiver workforce crisis.  We have been part of a collaborative effort with Wisconsin’s long-term care provider community requesting the legislature to invest $61.7 million in the upcoming (2019-21) biennial budget.  This request includes the funding increases provided in the 2017-19 state budget along with an additional $61.7 million.  If our request is approved, it would allow you to increase caregiver wages through the Family Care Program.

 

Current Status at the Capitol

The Joint Committee on Finance is currently reviewing and voting on the 2019-21 state budget and we need your help to advocate to your legislators why it is crucial your caregivers receive wage increases NOW!

 

How you can Help

We need you to contact your legislators to inform them about the caregiver workforce crisis and why your caregivers deserve much needed wage increases.  This will only take a few minutes of your time.

 

If you do not know who your legislators are or how to contact them, go to this website and enter your community address in the box under “Who Are My Legislators?”  You will be provided with their names and contact information.  The best way to advocate for our request is to personally call your legislators.  More than likely, a staffer will answer the phone and they will take a message to pass along to the legislator.  They may also ask you a couple of questions.  Feel free to leave a voicemail if no one answers the phone.

 

Talking Points

“Hello, my name is (INSERT NAME) and I am the (INSERT JOB TITLE) at (INSERT NAME OF YOUR COMMUNITY/ORGANIZATION) which is located at (INSERT ADDRESS).  We have (INSERT NUMBER OF RESIDENTS) residents residing at our assisted living community and we employ (INSERT NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES) employees at our assisted living community.  As an assisted living provider, we offer care and services to (OUTLINE THE TYPE OF RESIDENTS YOU SERVE, e.g., FRAIL ELDERLY, INTELLECTUAL/DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED ADULTS, etc.) residents.  We are enduring a workforce crisis that has prevented us from recruiting and retaining caregivers to care for these individuals.  I am calling you today asking you to support our request to invest an additional $61.7 million in the upcoming 2019-21 state biennial budget.  This would allow us to provide much needed wage increases to our caregivers through through Wisconsin’s Family Care Program.  Thank you for your time and consideration.”

 

Please personalize as you feel warranted with your legislator. 


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