Commonsense Prevails… For Now
"While we may have won the battle today, we have seen attempts from Governor Walker and legislative Republicans to resurrect their unpopular and ineffective policies despite their initial failure and massive public opposition."
MADISON – Yesterday, the Department of Health Services (DHS) announced they would be withdrawing their concept plan approval request for their “re-design” of Wisconsin’s long-term care programs, Family Care and IRIS. After nearly twenty years of work by stakeholders, long-term care advocates and legislators, last year legislative Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee followed Governor Walker’s lead and voted unanimously to blow-up Wisconsin’s nationally renowned long-term care programs. Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) released the following statement:
“While I feel a sense of relief for the nearly 60,000 Wisconsinites whose lives hung in the balance during these deliberations, this frankly is a moment in time that never should have happened. For the last year and a half, participants in our long-term care programs and advocates from the long-term care community have been crystal clear about their opposition to this overhaul, yet Governor Walker and legislative Republicans arrogantly pressed on. While we may have won the battle today, we have seen attempts from Governor Walker and legislative Republicans to resurrect their unpopular and ineffective policies despite their initial failure and massive public opposition. This includes circumventing our open records laws, driving down wages with prevailing wage “reform” and significantly altering our wildly popular cost-saving prescription drug program, SeniorCare. They will be back with this misguided policy and we must be ready for them.”