Gov. Walker Column: Preserving Family Care

"This type of patient-focused care saves taxpayers money as it keeps people out of higher cost facilities. This is truly a win-win," Scott Walker says in his weekly radio address.

The state has partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address from Gov. Scott Walker once a week.  Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed online. To download an mp3 file you can visit Walker's website, right click the radio address link and click “save link as.”

Here is the transcript from this Thursday’s radio address, which is titled Preserving Family Care.

Hi, I'm Scott Walker.

Last summer, I told the Journal Sentinel editorial board that we would have a plan to lift the caps on Family Care by the end of the year. In December, we introduced our plan to insure that the program is stable for years to come.

This week, I followed through on my plan and signed the new bill into law, which lifts the caps so that seniors needing long-term care - as well as people with developmental and physical disabilities - can now participate in Family Care. I signed it at an agency called Independence First.

It was appropriate to sign the bill at this location because Independence First connects individuals with the resources to live independently at home by utilizing Family Care and other programs. This type of patient-focused care saves taxpayers money as it keeps people out of higher cost facilities. This is truly a win-win.

 I want to thank Rep. Dean Kaufert and Sen. Terry Moulton for their leadership in helping us on this new legislation that is good for the State of Wisconsin. We were happy to put together the plan to both lift the cap and open the process to expansion into every part of the state. And we are thankful to lawmakers for approving it.

Steve ® March 24, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Damn that evil Koch and ALEC agenda helping seniors and the disabled. How dare they.
Tim Scott March 24, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Health care is NOT a legitimate function of government!
Mary March 25, 2012 at 12:14 AM
He only signed this because the federal government said he could not cap it , which he did when he got into office. He should not be taking any credit for this at all. What a fraud.
Bren March 25, 2012 at 02:30 AM
This long-term care program began in the late 1990s and was expanded by Gov. Doyle. I'm not sure what caps Scott Walker is talking about? http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/ltcare/Generalinfo/Index.htm
Tim Scott March 25, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Bren, a Government program labeled "Family Care"i s something I find highly disturbing - which is what you linked to. In my World, government does not equal Family, however I realize that your opinion, Bren, is different, and that, in your World, you would leave a family member to the care of the government while you pursued your selfish desires, oblivious to the needs of those you would call family. (from a previous exchange) CAPS - When you grow up and become an adult, you will learn that the Planet is finite, there are limits to growth, there are limits to funds, and it can't be all about you, your wants and needs, and your desires. The answer can't always be YES, sometimes it has to be NO - and sometimes we are unhappy with that decision, but that doesn't mean we can throw a tempur tantrum. Self-control is something you should work on. BREN - you think that there is a magic money tree that exists to fulfill your every want, need and desire. It's not so. You are angry and jealous against those who have more, call it unfair, and want to take from them to give to yourself, while you ignore and oppress those who are underneath yourself and have less, but work hard to get ahead. You will always find yourself confused because you lack an adult understanding of the World. You truly are helpless.
mau March 25, 2012 at 01:33 PM
@Tim, well said.
Renee March 25, 2012 at 03:30 PM
@Tim, I can't think of any way you could be more condescending. But I'm sure if you put your mind to it you'll come up with something.
Randy1949 March 25, 2012 at 04:19 PM
@Tim Scott -- you mean the 'selfish desire' to go out and earn a living rather than provide round the clock home care for an elderly relative? Isn't fending for yourself and taking responsibility for your own needs a Conservative ideal? Is there so much magic money that some people can earn millions per year and pay lower taxes at the cost of a working class family choosing between a paycheck and leaving a bedridden grandma alone during the day?
Randy1949 March 25, 2012 at 04:21 PM
@Thurston -- I see your comments are finally showing. Yes, only Gov. Walker could try to cap this valuable program, have the federal government overrule him, and then take credit for his 'generosity' with a straight face.
MrsPeel March 25, 2012 at 08:38 PM
@Tim... to paraphrase Fraizer when asking a question of Cliff: "Hello in there, Tim. Tell me, what color is the sky in your world?" Is it the fantasy world created by Ayn Rand? Is it the utopian world of the Libertarians? Or is it merely the fantasy world of a self-centered adolescent mind trapped in the body of an adult?
Michael McDonnell March 25, 2012 at 09:05 PM
More people are worried about the IRS taking their money than about having to spend it on a nursing home. Jonathan Pond, Financial Planner, says that 90% of estates are spent this way: 1) nursing home, 2) IRS, 3) children, 4) grandchildren, 5) charity. With only about 10% of those buying long term care insurance (http://www.nationalltc.com/) the rest will spend their estates on paying for care and some will end up on welfare health care (Medicaid) after spending all their money. The Federal Deficit Reduction Act provided for every state to have a Partnership program to provide asset protection for those who buy qualified long term care insurance policies. http://www.partnershipforlongtermcare.com/
Ed Larson May 18, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Recall Thurston Howell the Zero(I mean III)


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