Family Care Independent Assessment: An Evaluation of Access, Quality and Cost Effectiveness for Calendar Year 2003 – 2004

I. Executive Summary The 1999 Wisconsin Act 9 authorized the Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS)1 to operate the Family Care program. DHFS is able to offer long-term care services utilizing a capitated payment system after applying for both 1915(b) and a 1915(c) waivers and receiving approval for the waivers from the Centers for […]

A Pig in a Poke

In the fall of 2015 the Department of Health Services (DHS) held public hearings regarding the redesign of Medicaid long-term care programs, Family Care and IRIS (self-directed care). At the Milwaukee hearing on October 6, 2015 Tom Lutzow, CEO of ICare testified that he had received an email regarding an upcoming meeting of national insurance […]

Long-term care expert: Walker’s Family Care proposals are ‘in search of a solution where there is no problem’

A national expert on long-term care systems is questioning Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed changes to the state’s Family Care program, which provides services to the elderly, frail and disabled. Walker’s 2015-17 budget proposes expanding the long-term care program statewide and having the organizations overseeing it operate as insurance companies. The proposal would also focus Family […]

Overhaul Raises Concerns

Christopher Camilli, 50, can’t tell time or handle money. He has trouble speaking and can’t use public transportation. But he has worked at the Eisenhower Center, which employs people with severe disabilities, since he was 21, and he has lived in a group home for the past 20 years. Camilli was born with cerebral palsy. […]