Proposed caps on long term care are irresponsible

Dear elected representatives,

Please eliminate Gov. Walker’s proposed 2011-13 state budget caps on new enrollments for all of Wisconsin’s major long term care programs for children and adults with disabilities and older adults.

There are two reasons I make this request:

1. The need for these programs does not diminish simply because a cap has been placed on programs.

2. Capping these programs creates an incentive for placing persons in nursing home care at a much higher cost to the taxpayers of Wisconsin.

While the governor’s budget proposal would suggest that simply capping access to these programs will make the need disappear and save taxpayer dollars, it is far more likely the governor’s budget proposal will lead to higher costs and a greater burden on taxpayers.

Thank you for taking on the responsibility of representing all of Wisconsin’s citizens.

Dan Lococo

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