FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2017
Contact:
Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683
Elizabeth Goodsitt, 608-266-1683

Department of Health Services (DHS) Announces the Managed Care Organizations to Provide Family Care Services in Northern Wisconsin Expansion Counties

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary Linda Seemeyer today announced the managed care organizations that will provide Family Care services in Oneida, Vilas, Florence, Forest, Taylor and Adams counties.    

Community Link, Inc and Lakeland Care, Inc will serve Family Care members in Oneida, Vilas, Florence and Forest counties. Community Link, Inc and Care Wisconsin will serve Family Care members in Taylor and Adams counties.

“This takes us a step closer to fulfilling Governor Scott Walker’s commitment to expanding the Family Care and IRIS programs statewide,” DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer said. “We’re going to be able to provide long-term care services that will allow our most vulnerable citizens in these counties to live with dignity and independence in their own communities.”

Expanding Family Care and IRIS to Oneida, Vilas, Florence, Forest, Taylor and Adams counties will remove 58 people with long-term care needs from the wait list, providing many of them access to long-term care services for the first time.

The transition to Family Care and IRIS will begin in July. During the months leading up to the implementation, DHS will work with aging and disability resource centers and county staff to transition more than 750 members currently served by Medicaid legacy waivers.

The Family Care and IRIS programs provide long-term care services to frail elders, and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities, fostering independence and improving quality of life, while recognizing the need for support and the desire to self-direct long-term care services.

DHS plans to complete its Family Care and IRIS statewide expansion with the expansion to Dane County in the first quarter of 2018.