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Expansion of Long-Term Care

Map of Expansion CountiesOn April 21, 2014, Governor Scott Walker announced the expansion of the Family Care and IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct) programs to the following counties in northeast Wisconsin: Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto and Shawano. These programs are currently available in 57 of Wisconsin's 72 counties (state map).

This expansion gives more elders and adults with physical or intellectual/developmental disabilities the choice to get long-term care in their own homes and communities. Expanding Family Care and IRIS statewide could reduce expected expenditures by nearly $34.7 million over the next ten years.

Request for Proposals (exit DHS)
On June 2, 2014, the Department issued a request for proposals from organizations interested in providing Family Care in northeast Wisconsin. Proposals were due July 14, 2014.

new! On September 22, 2014, the Department issued a “Notification of Intent to Pursue Certification” to Care Wisconsin (exit DHS) and Lakeland Care District (exit DHS) for the provision of Family Care in Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto and Shawano Counties. The next steps will be to begin certification of the selected Managed Care Organizations, and to submit necessary documents to the Joint Committee on Finance for its active review, as outlined in Wis. Stat. 46.281(1g)(b). Any future steps leading up to Family Care enrollment in northeast Wisconsin are contingent upon Joint Committee on Finance approval.

Expansion Timeline
DHS anticipates Family Care and IRIS expansion to begin in early 2015 in at least one county in northeast Wisconsin. By the end of 2015, these programs will be available in all seven northeast counties. During the next three years, people with long-term care needs currently receiving Medicaid waiver services, or waiting for services, will have a choice to enroll in Family Care or IRIS. Aging and Disability Resource Centers will contact these people to provide more information and begin the enrollment process.

General Information on Long-Term Care Reform and Expansion 

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For more information, contact:
Division of Long Term Care
Office of Family Care Expansion
1 West Wilson Street
P.O. Box 7851
Madison WI 53707-7851
Phone: 608/267-7286
DHSFCWebmail@wisconsin.gov

Last Revised: October 02, 2014