There has been a groundswell of opposition to these changes, and that just may have worked.
On May 14, the Joint Finance Committee of the legislature released an announcement indicating that this committee was rejecting the proposed long term care changes, but still giving limited authority to the department of health Services to negotiate with the Federal Government to make potential changes to the Family Care Program.
However, the Joint Finance Committee is a very positive statement not only because of the statement itself, but also because in the statement it suggests the following:
· That there should be additional public or stakeholder input before any changes;
· Require self-directed care;
· Require a regional model;
· Require an independent study to set rates;
· Preserve ADRC services.
Anyone familiar with the legislative process knows that none of this is certain at this point. We still need to watch to see what happens, but advocates for services for the elderly and disabled were pleased with the Joint Finance Committee statement.
Attorney Peter E. Grosskopf
1324 W. Clairemont Ave. Suite 10
Eau Claire, WI 54701