Governor Evers has released an executive order to create a Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving.
Membership of the task force has not been established yet, but the order says that the task force shall include: members of the Legislature, at least one provider agency, at least one organization providing respite services, at least one person who receives caregiving services, and at least one individuals who provides caregiving services.
The task force is charged with:
· Analyzing strategies to attract and retain a strong direct care workforce
· Supporting families providing care to their loved ones through respite and other supports
· Assessing compensation and fringe benefits for caregivers including ways to make health care affordable for the caregiving workforce through employer-sponsored plans, Medicaid buy-in plans, or other health insurance options
· Establishing one or more registries of home care providers and developing a plan to provide referral and matching or matching services for individuals in need of home care.
· Developing a plan to implement recruitment and retention programs to expand the pool of providers
· Exploring and developing solutions, in collaboration with other relevant departments and agencies, to support and strengthen the direct care workforce, increase access, and improve the quality of caregiving in Wisconsin.