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Wisconsin Senate lifts cap on Family Care program

Wisconsin Senate lifts cap on Family Care program

By The Associated Press. CREATED Feb 14, 2012

MADISON- The state Senate has approved a bill that would lift a cap to a state program that keeps elderly and disabled people out of nursing homes.

The body passed the measure unanimously Tuesday to remove an enrollment cap on Family Care and other long-term care programs. State officials would also be able to expand the programs to new counties.

The bill marks a reversal for Gov. Scott Walker, who imposed the enrollment cap last July to save money. The federal government later ordered Walker to lift the cap.

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.

The bill now moves to the Assembly.