AARP Wisconsin conveyed a message to legislators at budget hearings this spring: The state could save money and help more older people live at home by investing moderate amounts in services for the aging and support for family caregivers. The idea is to reduce reliance on more expensive programs, such as Medicaid-funded nursing home care.
Huge victory for Wisconsin and AARP members, as the state has received federal approval to reapprove and extend SeniorCare through Dec. 31, 2018. SeniorCare helps about 60,000 Wisconsinites each month by reducing prescription drug costs for low-income state residents over age 65.
Over the past few months, as the state's Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has been listening to public comments and making changes to Govenor Walker's proposed 2015-17 state budget, AARP Wisconsin's top priorties have been to protect SeniorCare and Family Care from major overhauls.
Thanks to incredible support from thousands of people all across the state, SeniorCare – Wisconsin’s popular and cost-efficient prescription drug assistance program – will continue unchanged in the 2015-17 state budget.
MADISON, WISCONSIN – The nation’s most popular and cost-effective prescription drug savings program for seniors will continue to be offered statewide without changes, thanks to a decision by the state’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) that draws praise from AARP Wisconsin.
Our red-shirted AARP Wisconsin volunteer advocates made a huge impact at all four of the Joint Finance Committee’s state budget hearings across state last month. Our team was front and center, two rows deep, and among the first to testify at all four hearings.
Governor Walker’s proposed state budget will soon be open for comment at four public hearings across the state. You can count on AARP being a persistent voice at each one, testifying about how the budget would impact seniors.
The following letter to the editor was written by AARP volunteer advocate Ray A. Kalpinski of Wisconsin Rapids. It appeared in several northcentral Wisconsin newspapers.
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