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We are very lucky to be Wisconsinites. Wisconsin is ranked 2nd in the nation by US World and News Report as a best place for aging. Wisconsin is highly ranked because 70% of it’s 65-and-older population is able-bodied, and have no cognitive, auditory, ambulatory, or self-care difficulty. Additionally, Wisconsin has excellent healthcare and a good quantity and variety of assisted living communities for those who ultimately require care.  Another important factor is that Wisconsin uses a portion of its federal and state Medicaid budget to pay for assisted living rather than skilled nursing. Although so many Wisconsinites are well for a good, long time, the truth is many of us will ultimately need care at some point in our futures, and it’s no secret that long term care can be expensive.

 

Medicaid or Title XIX is a joint federal and state program that pays for long term care in a nursing home or a skilled nursing environment, as well as healthcare, once a person has exhausted his or her assets. In Wisconsin, we use a part of our Medicaid budget to pay for long term care in an assisted living community when someone outlives his or her assets. We call this program Family Care. Family Care is a smart choice that our leaders and lawmakers first piloted in Milwaukee County in 1999. Since that time, most counties throughout the state of Wisconsin have adopted the program.

 

Why is Family Care a smart program?

First, the cost of being in a skilled nursing home in southeastern Wisconsin…

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