Thursday, March 10, 2011

Poor and Vulnerable hurt by Walker Budget

Winnebago County's Deputy Director of Human Services Ellen Shute said children, seniors, disabled, mentally disabled and the poor would be hit hard by proposed Medicaid, SeniorCare, BadgerCare and social support program cuts. In Winnebago County, she said the budget proposal would impact eligibility requirements and co-pays for:

— 18,000 BadgerCare participants.
— 1,900 SeniorCare participants.
—1,400 blind and other disabled residents.
— 14,000 FoodShare participants. And
— Create a 690-person waiting list for FamilyCare services by July 2013.

"This will impact all their abilities to access essential services," Shute said. "They will feel that crunch."