Governor-elect Tony Evers is holding budget listening sessions over the next 7 days to hear from Wisconsinites about their top priorities. WPSA needs your help to make sure that Gov.-elect Evers addresses the direct care workforce crisis in his state budget. Sign up to attend one of the listening sessions with Governor-elect Evers below and get your personal care workers and consumers to sign up too! Big turnout is critical to having our voices heard. You can use the WPSA legislative priorities to help guide your talking points and turn in other written materials.
You must register to attend these listening sessions.
Dec. 17 in Superior: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Superior Middle School, 3626 Hammond Ave. Register at http://bit.ly/WIBudgetSuperior
Dec. 18 in La Crosse: Noon to 1:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 52, 711 6th St. South. Register at https://bit.ly/2EamsSE .
Dec. 19 in Milwaukee: 4:30 to 6 p.m. at United Way of Greater Milwaukee, 200 West Pleasant St. Register at https://bit.ly/2B3PoJ6
Can’t make a listening session? Fill out this survey:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScHfkoflPcl76h5m8KKaIJ7oxYjdYpne2Dpt2YUikwfp21S2g/viewform
Here are some things you can say at the listening session:
Wisconsin is facing a critical shortage of personal care workers due to chronic underfunding of our long-term care system.
1 out of 2 agencies surveyed by WPSA are considering no longer providing Medicaid personal care services. The Medicaid personal care reimbursement rate of $16.73 per hour is about $2.00 below the actual cost of providing care. Rates must be increased by at least 11% to make agencies whole.
The direct care workforce crisis is threatening the health, safety and independence of people with disabilities and frail elders. Please convene a direct care workforce task force devoted to finding solutions to the worker shortage.
Share any stories you can about how the crisis is impacting your clients (for example, people sleeping in wheelchairs overnight, falls, hospitalizations, etc.).