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Further Call to Action

Wednesday, June 26, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Novoselac
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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  in the upcoming (2019-21) biennial budget. 

 

Updated Status at the Capitol

On Tuesday, June 4th, the Joint Committee on Finance 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. 

  

How you can Help

We need you to contact Governor Evers and ask him to support and sign into law the full amount approved by the Joint Committee on Finance and the State Legislature for the Family Care Caregiver Funding Initiative.  This will only take a few minutes of your time.  You can e-mail Governor Evers here or call his office at (608) 266-1212.

  

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 contacting you today asking you to support the biennium budget that was approved by the State Legislature as 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 the Governor. 


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