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I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.

Keeping the Community Promise

Governor Scott Walker has said time and time again that he is not doing anything that he did not mention during his campaign.  While some may argue that this is not true, I hope the following statement from his Primary Election Victory Speech on September 14, 2010 is something that he keeps his promise on.

"Before I took office, there was literally a waiting list of 3,000 older adults waiting for long-term care in our community.  Today, not one senior is on a waiting list because we stood up and led the way.  We can do it for the State as well."

This Tuesday,  May 24,  the Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) will be taking up the issue on the Family Care cap.

As of today, there are over 11,000 adults and children statewide on waiting lists for services that would allow them to live a higher quality of life.  If we place a cap on these services for the next 2 years, as the budget calls for, up to another 15,000 people could be added to the waiting lists.  That would make about 26,000 people on the waiting list. 

I have not seen, nor have I heard of the plan for eliminating the waiting lists once the cap is lifted.

The Family Care program started under Governor Tommy Thompson.  In his 1998 State of the State Address, Gove Thompson said "The greatest hope of our families is for a compassionate system of high quality choices so they can give their parents the very best care possible.  Tonight, we unveil a revolutionary new program to meet the needs of our aging and ease the worries of their children.  We call it Family Care... Family Care gives families security, peace of mind and hope for the future.  It will set the standard for the Nation."

Here is the link to the entire report sent to JCF: http://tinyurl.com/4xhau36

Here is the link to a funding proposal: http://tinyurl.com/3kmxj5y

Here are some links showing studies on Long-Term Care in Wisconsin.:

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/LAB/reports/01-0FamilyCare.pdf

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lab/reports/02-0FamilyCare.htm

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lab/reports/03-0FamilyCare.pdf

http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/ltcare/Reports/IA.pdf

http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/ltcare/pdf/FCIndepAssmt2005.pdf

http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/ltcare/pdf/IACoverMemo.pdf

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/LAB/reports/01-0FamilyCare.pdf

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/Section1310/2010_12_14_DHS_Family%20Care_6.pdf

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lab/reports/11-5full.pdf

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