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Nationally-Recognized Family Care Program Approved for Five More Years


December 19, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has announced that the nationally-recognized Family Care program has been approved to continue for five more years. Family Care allows frail elders and adults with physical, developmental, or intellectual disabilities to remain in their homes or communities whenever possible. The approval comes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on DHS’ waiver renewal applications, and secures funding for the program for the next five years.

CMS approved the DHS waiver renewal applications on November 27, 2019, extending federal approval and funding through December 31, 2024. Waivers are agreements between the state and CMS that allow certain Medicaid programs to operate in ways that are different from traditional Medicaid programs.

Family Care was created in 1999, as part of an effort to overhaul Wisconsin’s long-term care system. By the end of 2010, Family Care was serving more than 30,000 participants in 56 counties. Today, Family Care serves 53,571 participants in all 72 Wisconsin counties.


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