Governor Walker wants to lift cap on Family Care programs

The Associated Press

Governor Walker wants to lift cap on Family Care programs

By The Associated Press. CREATED Dec 28, 2011

MADISON- Gov. Scott Walker says he wants to lift the enrollment cap on state programs designed to keep people out of nursing homes and expand them throughout Wisconsin.

About 60 counties offer state Family Care programs, which provide long-term care options for the elderly and disabled to stay out of nursing homes.

Walker, a Republican, capped enrollment at about 43,000 people in the state budget that took effect July 1. Republicans contended during the budget debate that the program was growing too rapidly.

Now Walker says talks with Family Care providers have identified efficiencies that will generate $80 million more for Family Care, enabling him to lift the caps and expand programs to all 72 counties. The moves will require legislative approval.