Monday, March 09, 2015
Scott Walker to Eliminate Freedom & Choice for the Disabled
In his disaster of a budget Gubnah Scott Walker moved to eliminate IRIS! No, not ISIS, that would require Wrong Way Walker to know where Syria is. IRIS is a state program that provides support for nearly 16,000 developmentally disabled, physically disabled or frail elderly citizens of The Badgered State who are financially eligible and have long-term care needs, helping them remain in the community and avoid institutionalization. Under the IRIS program these people get to manage their own care. They get to set their own priorities with the amount of funding they are provided. They get to hire, train and fire their own care providers, people that may perform personal care and hygiene services, cooking, cleaning, nursing. This gives them the freedom and choice (things the Republicons purport to believe in) to manage their own lives.
Under the budget, IRIS will be eliminated and people all over the state are in a panic because they depend on these services to keep them out of much more expensive institutions like nursing homes and no one seems to know exactly what will replace IRIS. It appears that the replacement program may use a managed care model, you know like an HMO and that insurance companies may be put in charge. That means the these neighbors of ours will lose their freedom to chose and direct their lives as those decisions will be made by others like case managers and bean counters. They may not be able to continue to see the doctors that they have chosen and worked with for years. Furthermore the people in our state who are working to provide these services to the disabled will lose their jobs.
Scott Walker's budget is horrible for Wisconsin and it's citizens and the elimination of IRIS is just one of the many reasons why!
Your opportunity to give your Gerrymandered "Representatives" Vos and Wanggaard an earful is coming.
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