Wisconsin Family Care (WFC)

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 […]