Wisconsin's Family Care Waiver Granted

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's request to renew the popular Family Care program designed to help keep poor elderly people in their homes has been granted.

But the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says in Friday's letter anyone eligible for the program who had been put on a waiting list during an enrollment cap last year should be reimbursed for their health care costs during that time.

The CMS letter says that waiting list violated terms of the state's approved waiver.

State Department of Health Services Secretary Dennis Smith says DHS was not aware of anyone who was improperly placed on the waiting list and everyone who was eligible for services got them.

Gov. Scott Walker and legislative Republicans instituted the cap in July 2011 and it was lifted on April 3.

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