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Revised Call to Action

Friday, May 31, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Novoselac
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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  in the upcoming (2019-21) biennial budget. 


Updated Status at the Capitol

This week, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau issued Paper #368 to the Joint Committee on Finance which specified background information on the caregiver crisis, information about the current Direct Caregiver Workforce Funding Initiative, discussion points, and alternative funding proposals.  The members of the Joint Committee on Finance and the legislators use these “budget papers” when voting on the upcoming biennium budget.  The Joint Committee on Finance will be voting on this issue on Tuesday, June 4th and it is imperative we continue our calls to the legislators.


How you can Help

We need you to contact your legislators and let them know you support Alternative #3 which will build off and double what was proposed by Gov. Evers.  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 Alternative 3 in the Legislative Fiscal Bureau Paper #368 which will be voted on in the upcoming biennium budget.  This would allow us to provide much needed wage increases to our caregivers 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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