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Department of Health Services Seeks Public Input on Medicaid

The Department of Health Services is seeking public input from consumers, community partners, and providers at a series of Town Hall Meetings. These are the tentative dates and locations for the meetings:

•       Eau Claire – March 30 – Chippewa Valley Technical College
•       La Crosse – March 31 – maybe Western Technical College
•       Fennimore– April 5 - South West Technical College
•       Waukesha – April 14 – Waukesha County Technical College

These DHS meetings are to gather ideas from the public on cost efficiencies, savings, and improved outcomes to the state’s Medicaid programs. These ideas will help the Department of Health Services Some of the dates and locations for upcoming Department of Health Services (DHS)

As of Friday, March 25, the only confirmed Town Hall Meeting will take place in Eau Claire on March 30, 2011. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. and be held at Chippewa Valley Technical College in the WI Business Education Center, Room 103  Auditorium, 620 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire.

When the other Town Hall Meetings are confirmed, DAWN will send out the dates, times, and locations. The meeting locations that are tentatively being considered include: (1) the Milwaukee area, (2) southwestern or south central Wisconsin, and (3) Green Bay/Fox Valley.

The purpose of these meetings is for DHS to gather ideas from the public on cost efficiencies, savings, and improved outcomes to the state’s Medicaid programs. These ideas will help DHS develop plans designed to improve overall consumer care, streamline program delivery and stabilize programs to ensure long-term sustainability.

Those who testify will have up to three minutes to share their cost-saving ideas. People can also submit their written testimony at the meeting. People who cannot attend can also submit their testimony via
email to DHS Deputy Secretary Kitty Rhoades at DHSDeputySecretaryKittyRhoades@dhs.wisconsin.gov. People can also submit their comments via U.S. mail by sending them to Secretary Dennis Smith,
Room 650, 1 W. Wilson St., Madison, WI, 53703.

DHS can gather ideas on all Medical Assistance programs, including SeniorCare, BadgerCare Plus, Family Care, IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct) and other long-term care programs.

People who require special accommodations to attend or participate in the meeting should notify DHS at 608-266-9622 (TTY 888-701-1250).

For more information, contact Beth Swedeen at beth.swedeen@wisconsin.gov.


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