May 13, 2019
More Than 300 People Will Rally to Support Aging Network Budget Priorities
On May 14, 2019, members of the Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network (WAAN) and advocates from around the state will gather in Madison for the fourth annual Aging Advocacy Day (#WIAgingAdvocacyDay and #WIAAD). After opening remarks from former Governor Tommy Thompson, they will participate in advocacy training and meet with their legislators.
“This is an opportunity for Wisconsin’s older adults and their advocates to use the power of their voices to impact state policy and budget decisions,” stated Robert Kellerman, WAAN Chair and Executive Director of the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources. “Issues facing older adults cut across party lines, and the advocates will help communicate that with their stories.”
Advocates will visit more than 100 legislative offices, including 32 of 33 Senators and 80% of Assembly Representatives. Key issues the advocates will address include:
• Expand the Dementia Care Specialist (DCS) program to all aging and disability resource centers (ADRCs) in the state (adding 27 ADRC DCSs and 3 tribal DCSs).
• Increase funding for Specialized Transportation and Transit to ensure needed systems and services are available to meet our transportation needs as we age.
• Increase Medicaid provider reimbursements to raise direct care worker wages to an average of $15/hour to ensure sufficient quality staff to meet our long-term care needs.
• Increase the investment in Healthy Aging Grants to broaden the reach and impact of proven programs. Investments are for healthy aging grants to counties/tribes, YMCAs, and other community-based organizations and to support a statewide clearinghouse and support center.
• Create a Caregiver Tax Credit (Credit for Caring Act) to provide financial relief to caregivers, enable older adults to remain at home with support from family members, and save money for both individuals and the state.
• Increase state funding for the Elder Benefit Specialist (EBS) program to ensure access to legal advocacy services for individuals 60 and older, Wisconsin’s fastest growing population.
Read WAAN’s State Issue Briefs.