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Health and Care

Redesigning Wisconsin's Long Term Care System: Updated Summary

June 6, 1998

The following is a brief NHU summary of the updated proposal by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS) to be submitted in the biennial budget request to the Governor, fall 1998 and to be considered by the State Legislature in 1999. The DHFS has updated the proposal as of April 1998. To view the DHFS summary of the updated proposal, visit the DHFS website under Long Term Care.

This new redesign to the service system for elderly and disabled people who need long term care and support is part of Governor Tommy Thompson's plan called "Family Care." There are alterations that will affect Medicaid and will need Federal approval before this new system can go into effect.

Consider the NHU and DHFS summary of the proposal. This proposal has very long term consequences for possibly the rest of your life. Make sure it is going to be not only better, but at least adequate in meeting your needs. Even though you may be young or you are caring for a young, disabled person, understand that long term care is extremely difficult to obtain. Planning well in advance is absolutely essential.

Currently, the DHFS, various Centers for Independent Living, and other government agencies are sponsoring Consumer Forums at locations throughout Wisconsin regarding the new redesign proposal to gain further information on consumers' concerns, questions, and thoughts.

Plan to attend these Consumer Forums, forward your comments to the DHFS, or contact your local Center for Independent Living to express your opinion and views of the new LTC redesign.

Wisconsin's Long Term Care Redesign:
NHU Summary of the Updated Proposal
by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services

Information for this editorial was obtained from the Wisconsin DHFS Long Term Care: Summary of LTC Redesign Proposal, April 1998.

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