Erpenbach to GOP –Anything Less Than Removal is a Failure
Governor Walker’s Plan to Give WI Long Term Care to Out of State For Profit Insurance, Up Today
Madison – Since the morning of February 4th, families all over Wisconsin affected by Governor Walker’s plan to move in out of state insurance companies to replace Wisconsin’s award winning, locally based, long term care system have waited with trepidation for the actions of the Legislature, today those decisions will be made.
“IRIS has proven to be a strong, family supporting plan for those that are elderly, disabled, and otherwise unable to live on their own without support of their community and family. We heard over and over again at the four public hearings around Wisconsin how IRIS was a lifeline for those that contribute in our communities working and volunteering, without IRIS those doors close, we know this works and anything short for a full repeal is not acceptable for our most vulnerable adult communities.” Said Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton).
“FamilyCare is proven to work, the Department’s own studies and the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau have demonstrated that. Additionally, we simply cannot replace our local ADRC’s with a phone answering service in another state. ADRC’s open their doors to our frail elderly and their families, helping guide them in their own communities when tough decisions need to be made, working to keep people in their homes for dignity and cost savings. It is incredible that Governor Walker ever thought his plan was a decent idea for Wisconsin,” said Erpenbach.
“It is not bold when you threaten and frighten our vulnerable populations, it is a shame. No matter what Republicans do today, unless it is full repeal it is a failure for these Wisconsinites,” said Erpenbach. “The waiting for these families has been cruel and to toy with their life as they know it is not within the values of Wisconsin. We care about our frail and elderly, our veterans and disabled.”
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