Feds ordered Wis. gov to lift program cap

AP News
Posted: Dec 29, 2011 10:48 AM
Feds ordered Wis. gov to lift program cap

Federal officials ordered Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's administration to immediately lift an enrollment cap on a state program designed to keep the disabled and elderly out of nursing homes.

Walker held a news conference Wednesday to announce he wanted to lift the cap he imposed on Family Care in the state budget. But he made no mention of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' order. All he told reporters was that state health officials had identified $80 million in program efficiencies that would enable them to lift the cap.

But the CMS in a Dec. 13 letter ordered Walker's administration to lift the cap and immediately enroll anyone waiting to join Family Care.

Walker's spokesman said Thursday morning the governor had been planning to lift the cap for months.