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Family Care expansion to NE Wisconsin signed in Green Bay

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Seven more Wisconsin counties are being added to the state's Family Care program, which provides Medicaid-funded long-term care to the elderly and disabled.  

Governor Scott Walker went to a facility in Green Bay Monday morning to announce the expansion.

Family Care is designed to keep more seniors in their own homes, and out of nursing homes.

Enrollments were frozen in 2011, soon after Republicans took control of state government. The federal government ordered the caps to be removed, and the state did that -- but it still limited the numbers of counties using Family Care to its previous 57.  

In a statement, the Republican Walker pointed out that long-term care costs could be reduced by almost $35 million over ten years by expanding the program to the seven new counties. Those counties are Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Oconto, Shawano, and Menominee counties.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)