WISCONSIN - The Family Care Medicaid program provides long term care to frail elders and adults with disabilities in Wisconsin.The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced this week the program will be funded through 2024.
"It provides long term care services that would otherwise only be available in a nursing home," said assistant director of the Rhinelander Aging and Disability Resource Center Joel Gottsacker.
Gottsacker says Family Care is unique because it allows people to get the help they need in the comfort of their own home.
"They get to stay in their preferred setting, it's a lot less expensive for the state to have people served in those places, and people are just happier being there," said Gottsacker.
More than 50,000 people are enrolled in Family Care in the state. Chief Innovation Officer of local care organization Inclusa Tim Garrity says the program allows every client to be cared for as they see fit.
"To me the best advantage of the family care model is its ability to individualize support and care plans for each individual member," said Garrity.
That means those enrolled in Family Care can choose who provides service to them, whether it be a nurse, a family member, or a neighbor.
"They may not want a stranger coming into their home, they would prefer a family member who can provide the care to them," said Gottsacker.
Gottsacker adds that most people pay far less through Family Care than they would at a nursing home.
"A nursing home costs between $7,500 to $8,000 a month, and being cared for at home is much closer to $1,500 to $3,000," said Gottsacker.
Garrity says he's happy to see the program funded for the next five years. He says it goes to show how successful the program has been since it began in 1999.
"The fact that the federal government approved the five-year extension of the family care waiver really points to the fact that a model has been very effective as well as cost effective for Wisconsin," said Garrity.
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee's former police chief, who was demoted to captain in part for using tear gas against protesters demonstrating over George Floyd's death, has chosen to retire instead of staying with the department.
The city's Fire and Police Commission voted unanimously last week to demote Chief Alfonso Morales.
Commissioners criticized how Morales handled multiple incidents involving Black people, including the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown.
Speaking Wednesday on WTMJ-AM, Morales said he's retiring because if he returned as a captain it would be at a reduced salary and would negatively impact his pension payments.
Morales also defended his record as chief.
His attorney says he and Morales are exploring a range of legal action, including filing a claim for damages.
RHINELANDER - After over 50 years of staying open, Hodag Lanes in Rhinelander has officially closed its doors.
"I mean COVID has hit the bowling business really, really hard no matter where your bowling center is," said Sharon Cline, bowling manager at Hodag Lanes.
And with the construction on Stevens Street, the bowling alley was in a tough situation.
"The construction was also a big play for us because with all the construction out here it was tough for anybody to get through," Cline said.
A lot of memories were created in the bowling alley for various citizens in the city.
"I probably started bowling in the early '80s on the Wednesday night women's league," said Sherri Schilleman, Rhinelander resident. "We had the 9 o'clock slot I believe back then."
For her and many families in Rhinelander, bowling was very popular.
"Bowling is actually a big sport in Rhinelander," said Schilleman. "And I think in the last couple of years bowling was actually starting to make another comeback. So it's sad because people are gonna have to find something else to do."
But Cline is hoping that this won't be the end for Hodag Lanes.
"It is costly to have a bowling center but we're just hoping again that we can get up and running again," said Cline.
KINGSTON, MO - Attorneys for a Missouri man accused of killing two brothers from Wisconsin are seeking to have two charges of abandoning a corpse dismissed in the case.
Garland Nelson, of Braymer, is facing the death penalty in the deaths of 24-year-old Justin Diemel and 35-year-old Nicholas Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin. They disappeared after visiting Nelson's farm in July 2019 and their burned remains were later found in Missouri and Nebraska.
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin-Madison has received less than 1% of the money that Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group pledged to it two years ago amid the electronics giant's expansion plans in Wisconsin.
In August 2018, Foxconn committed $100 million to the university to help fund an engineering building and for company-related research. It gave the school $700,000 in the first year of a 5-year agreement and records show the school has received no additional money over the past year.
OAKLAND, CALIF. - Beginning Thursday, U.S. Facebook users who post about voting may start seeing an addendum to their messages -- labels directing readers to authoritative information about the upcoming presidential election.
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