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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.

Governor's Proposed Budget-Significant Changes to Family Care

This is my third blog surrounding Governor Walker’s proposed budget, this one is my view on the significant changes to the way the Family Care program will be administered in the near future if the Governor’s Budget is approved as is.

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Governor's Proposed Budget-Reduction of Medicaid Personal Cares Funding

This is the second of a couple of blogs on my concerns with the Governor’s proposed budget and how it affects individuals with disabilities.  The significant reduction in funding for Medicaid funded personal cares is my next concern.

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Governor's Proposed Budget-The Elimination of the IRIS Program

This is the first of a couple of blogs surrounding Governor Walker’s proposed budget.  I thought that I would start off with the biggest shock and the one that I am the most disheartened to learn about.  It is the elimination of the IRIS program (Include, Respect, I Self Direct). We heard that there would be some changes in Family Care, but I don’t know if anybody saw this coming.  This is most important to me as my son transitions from the Children’s Long Term Waiver to the Adult system this summer.

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You Can't Bargain Away Rights to Achieve Choice

A school closes, keeps taxpayer dollars and leaves students and families to look for alternative education choices. The message of the program changes from offering an alternative to a better education to a program that is allowing choice, because there has been no evidence that the schools achieve higher test scores. The schools do not want to be compared to public schools using the same standards, in fact there are some that don’t feel they need to be held accountable at all. Yet there are those that think that this is the greatest thing since sliced bread and think the voucher program should be expanded.

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A Brief Explanation of the CMS Rule Change

I have written in the past about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Rule change when it comes to Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS)  and how it relates to Medicaid funded services.  Here is a short webinar on the current state of the rule change.

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