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Wis. Senate to consider cap on Family Care program

Wis. Senate to consider cap on Family Care program

By the Associated Press. CREATED Feb 14, 2012

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin lawmakers are considering whether to lift an unpopular cap to a state program that keeps elderly and disabled people out of nursing homes.

The state Senate is scheduled to take up a bill Tuesday to remove an enrollment cap on Family Care and other long-term care programs.

State officials will also be able to expand the programs to new counties.

The bill marks a reversal for Gov. Scott Walker, who placed the enrollment cap last July to save money.

The federal government later ordered Walker to lift the cap, though he says state officials identified $80 million in savings that enables the lift.

Family Care helps about 43,000 low-income adults with developmental or physical disabilities avoid nursing home placements. Thousands are on a waiting list to enroll.