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UPDATE: Wis. Senate Passes Bill Lifting Family Care Cap

UPDATED Wednesday, March 14, 2012 --- 12:19 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate has passed a plan to lift an enrollment cap on the Family Care program.

The program is designed to keep elderly people in their homes and out of nursing homes. Republican Gov. Scott Walker placed a cap on the program last year to save money, then announced in December he was lifting it in response to a federal order.

The reversal requires legislative approval.

The Senate passed a bill in February that would allow Family Care to add new participants. The Assembly passed the bill early Wednesday but tweaked it to require the Legislature's budget committee to approve enrollment expansions.

The Senate concurred with the change on a voice vote with no debate later Wednesday morning. The plan now goes to Walker for his signature.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Wednesday, March 14, 2012 --- 6:25 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A proposal to lift an enrollment cap on the Family Care program has passed the state Assembly with a change that will require the Senate to vote on it again.

The bill as it passed the Senate last month would allow Family Care to add new participants past its July 2011 enrollment level. The Assembly version passed Wednesday would also lift the cap but require the Legislature's budget committee to approve any expansion of the program beyond where it is offered now.

Democrats argue against the change, saying the budget committee shouldn't be given that power to block expansion of the popular program designed to keep elderly people in their homes rather than be treated in more expensive nursing homes.

Gov. Scott Walker implemented the enrollment cap last year.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Tuesday, March 6, 2012 --- 6:50 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Assembly plans to vote on a bill that would lift an enrollment cap on the popular Family Care program that keeps elderly and disabled people out of nursing homes.

The state Senate last month unanimously approved the measure. The Assembly was taking it up Tuesday.

The bill would allow Family Care to add new participants past its July 2011 enrollment level. It's a reversal to the state budget signed by Gov. Scott Walker that placed a cap at 43,000 people. The federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare in December ordered Walker to lift the cap.

Once passed by the Assembly, it would head to Walker for his signature.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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