2017 Aging Advocacy Day  - May 17th  

Aging Advocacy Day was a huge success with over 200 participants representing almost 30 of the 33 Senate districts and over 60 of the 99 Assembly districts!!

The focus of the day was on the following 4 priorities: Transportation; Medicaid Personal Care Rate Increase, Funding for Dementia Care Specialists and permanent funding for Healthy Aging Grants.

To be celebrated this week at Joint Finance they voted to;

*Continue funding the 19 Dementia Care Specialist positions until June 30, 2018 and in the second year of the budget cycle funding 24 Dementia Care Specialists!

*Increase the Medicaid Personal Care reimbursement rate by 2% (the ask was for 15%)

Still to be determined: Permanent funding for Healthy Aging Grants and Transportation. 

Thanks to all that attended this awesome day!!  Your voice DOES make a difference!

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Wisconsin State Legislature Contact Information

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2016 GWAAR Advocacy Briefs

Get the latest updates each month provided by Janet Zander, Advocacy & Public Policy Coordinator at GWAAR








 Advocacy Alert!


Click here to learn more about the proposed changes to medicare and action you can take!




Wisconsin Long-Term Care Coalition                       Keep Our Care at Home!

Medicaid Coverage Press Release   January 10, 2017

Click here to learn about what Medicaid block grants would mean for Wisconsin




WAAN Issue Papers

You are strongly encouraged to select a topic or two below that you feel most passionate about and share your thoughts with your local and state legislatures.  It is a great opportunity to build rapport as well as educate them about issues related that impact older adults.

Long Term Care


Family Caregivers

Healthy Aging Grants

Homestead Tax Credits

Interagency Transportation Coordination

Long Term Care Investment Fund (InvestaCare)

Senior Care

Specialized Transportation

Voter ID

WI Medicaid Program


To find your State Senator or Representative click on the link below.




Interested in becoming more involved in advocacy?  Consider representing your WASC district as a Legislative Liaison!

Click here to read more about the duties involved!

For more information contact Jill McHone at 608-270-4291 or email jill.mchone@fitchburgwi.gov  




Family Care/IRIS Update        

Updated 8-5-16

In July DHS announced that Family Care will be expanded to all remaining counties by the end of the first quarter of 2018             

 Updated 6-23-16

The Department of Health Services has withdrawn it's concept paper that was sent to Joint Finance for approval.  They felt there were still some unanswered questions on how the program will function and what the exact cost savings would be.  At this time, the concept paper is not scheduled for another vote.

Thanks to many for their advocacy on this issue.  Voices were heard!

To view the draft concept paper proposed by DHS click below



Great Voter Resource Link!  

Attached is a great resource put out by GWAAR. 

These websites should provide you with all the answers you need to help voters and your staff to engage in the upcoming elections.

These websites will answer

ü Where you can vote

ü How to register

ü What’s on my ballot

ü Who are the candidates

ü How to engage low-income and minority voters

ü What are appropriate voter related activities for your agency

ü And More!!!

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