Legislature to Get update on Family Care Program

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin lawmakers were to be briefed by Department of Health Services officials about the status of a popular program to keep elderly people out of nursing homes.

The Family Care program was frozen by Gov. Scott Walker's administration this summer over concerns about rising costs and demand.

The state Senate's Health Committee scheduled a Wednesday briefing to get an update on the program.

Family Care provides long-term care options for low-income adults who have developmental or physical disabilities or are frail and elderly.

The freeze came in the face of rapidly growing costs. The program cost $250 million in 2006 but it was expected to cost $1.4 billion in each of the next two years.

Family Care serves about 42,200 people in 57 counties.

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