Gov. Walker’s proposed budget would change the way thousands of Wisconsin families get care for an elderly loved one, or a member with disabilities.
Participants could lose relationships and possibly their doctors under the proposed Family Care overhaul, according to Kit Kerschensteiner, an attorney with the group Disability Rights Wisconsin.
“If your doctor that you have now isn’t part of that network, doesn’t choose to become part of that network or isn’t approved in that network then you will be…sounds like, it appears…that you would be changing your doctor,” Kerschensteiner says.
Kerchensteiner says Wisconsin’s long-term care system was set up to include regional managers who could remain in close contact with the people they serve. She fears those management organizations won’t be able to offer all the benefits the new model promises, and meet all the new regulations.
“It’ll be a whole new ball game. It seems likely that there would be out-of-state national kinds of insurance entities that would come in and fill that void,” she says.
Kerchensteiner hopes lawmakers put the brakes on plans to redesign Wisconsin’s long-term care programs, so stakeholders can get together and brainstorm improvements.Remember when he said at a recent presidential campaign event before the Club For Growth's one-percenters he believed in the total privatization of Medicaid?
And, again, like the UW makeover, the recasting of the Natural Resources Board to advisory status, the suspension of the Stewardship fund and a host of other fundamental policy changes - - all dumped into a 2,000 page and complex budget document with the public essentially unprepared.
He set the pattern with Act 10 - - a fundamental default to deceit.
Walker '16? Shudder the thought.