In a recent “The West Side” public radio broadcast to this part of the state (April 27, 2015), Senators Sheila Harsdorf (a member of Joint Finance) and Kathleen Vinehout were asked about long term care policy. Harsdorf said that the legislature needs to begin looking at the sustainability of expenditures for long term care, especially Medicaid, but also that there will be changes to the governor’s budget proposals in long term care. She did mention IRIS and the ADRC’s, but did not really identify likely changes in the budget. Vinehout agreed that sustainability needs to be given attention, but that the treatment of Family Care and IRIS is “terrible.” She pointed out that the budgetary provisions were inserted into the governor’s proposals late in the process – after the governor met with a representative of United Health Care. Vinehout called for pulling the changes from the budget.
If you want to listen to the broadcast, you can go to: http://www.wpr.org/listen/747896. After you go to this address, patiently wait a minute or two for the program information to come up. The part on long term care starts at about the 35 minute point. A follow up on privatization starts at about the 42 minute point.
Posted on behalf of Ruth Adix.