Disability advocates praise withdrawal of changes to Wisconsin long-term care programs

Disability advocates are applauding a decision by Gov. Scott Walker’s administration to abandon proposed changes to the state’s long-term care programs.

The Department of Health Services withdrew its request for the Legislature’s budget committee to approve the changes on Thursday.

In a letter to the co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee, DHS secretary Kitty Rhodes said the agency has received “comments, feedback and questions from providers, advocates, legislators and most importantly consumers” on the proposal.

“Therefore, I am writing to withdraw the concept plan approval request at this time,” Rhodes wrote. “I remain committed to the goal  of an integrated outcome-based care model that coordinates all of an individual’s care needs.”

– The Cap Times