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Joint Committee on Finance Prioritizes Caregivers

Wednesday, June 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Novoselac
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Joint Committee on Finance Prioritizes Caregivers

 

Doubles Wage Benefit Initiative for Direct Caregivers.

Helps to Address Long-Term Caregiver Shortage Crisis.

 

The Wisconsin Assisted Living Association (WALA) is extremely grateful to the members of the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance. Today, the Committee voted to more than double what was recommended in the biennial state budget, which in effect also doubles the size of the overall funding for the Direct Care Workforce Funding Initiative in the Family Care program. The Committee provided $66,537,400 for Family Care Direct Funding (Paper #368) [$27,000,000 GPR, $39,537,400 FED]. This builds upon a $60.7 million increase from the 2017-19 budget, for a total of $127.2 million in the two most recent state budgets.

 

The Initiative funds increases for the direct care and services component of the Family Care program capitation rates to provide much needed wage increases for long-term care caregivers. Family Care is a state Medicaid waiver program that provides and pays for long-term care services for Wisconsin’s most vulnerable populations of frail elderly and individuals with disabilities.

 

We will keep you posted on our upcoming advocacy efforts to help get this finalized.  If any of you live/work in the district of any of the Republican Joint Committee on Finance members, it would be great if you could contact them and thank them for their support. 

 

 Michael Pochowski, CEO of the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association stated:

“This action will target critically needed increases to address the long-term care workforce crisis.”

“We are truly grateful to the members of the Joint Committee on Finance, Assembly and Senate leadership, and the many state legislators who heard our calls for help.”

 “Thank you for helping to address the workforce crisis our profession is facing and fighting to bring additional funding to the actual caregivers.”


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