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JFC co-chair Vos vows to fight Family Care expansion

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State Representative Robin Vos
State Representative Robin Vos

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A key state legislator says he'll fight an effort to expand Wisconsin's Family Care program, despite an order from the federal government to do it.

Racine County Republican Robin Vos, the Assembly's co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, says the program is not sustainable -- and it's too expensive for state taxpayers.

Governor Scott Walker said Wednesday he would ask lawmakers to drop the enrollment freeze approved this summer for Family Care, which helps the elderly and disabled stay out of nursing homes.

A few hours after the announcement, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel obtained a letter from the federal government which ordered Wisconsin to drop its freeze two weeks ago.

Washington covers about 60 percent of the cost of Family Care.

Vos said he was not familiar with the federal order, but he remains opposed to expanding Family Care. He said a state audit in April could not conclude whether the program is cost-effective.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid told Wisconsin to find those eligible for Family Care, and enroll them.

Walker said he wanted to expand the program statewide. It now operates in 57 of the 72 counties. 

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