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FSRC NewsdeskCOVID-19: FSRC staff are still working, but remotely from home. Please contact your Case Manager directly. If additional questions or concerns call the FSRC office at 237-7630 or email Heidi Rossiter, Executive Director, at hrossiter@fsrcdane.org.

Safer at Home Ordered by Governor Tony Evers. What does it mean?

  • You must stay home
  • Do not leave your residence (the place where you live)
  • You must follow social distancing (stay 6′ away from other people)

For how long?

  • Wednesday, March 25 at 8:00 a.m. – Friday, April 24 at 8:00 a.m.
  • The end date can change.

Can I leave my home for any reason?

You can leave for essential activities. You can go to a:

  • grocery store
  • pharmacy
  • clinic or hospital (appointments or emergencies)
  • restaurant (ONLY drive-through or take-out)
  • bank drive-through
  • school (for free meals or learning supplies)
  • hardware store
  • motel, hotel, or shelter (if your home is not safe)

You can also:

  • exercise outside: walk, run, bike, and hike (follow social distancing)
  • take care of and bring food to family members or friends who need help.
  • follow custody agreements and transportation schedules for your children.

What are NOT essential activities? You cannot go to:

  • playgrounds or play dates with other children
  • visit friends or family who do not live with you
  • play team sports
  • parties (any number of people)
  • amusement activities (zoo, swimming pool, movie theater, etc.)
  • gym or fitness centers
  • salons or barber shops

COVID LEGISLATIVE

The full state legislature must reconvene and grant its approval before the state can submit these critical COVID-19 waiver requests.

Action Steps:

  1. Contact your state Senator and state Representative (Look up Who are my legislators),
  2. Tell them your concerns about COVID-19, and
  3. Ask the legislature to reconvene as soon as possible to act on needed waivers, including the 1115 (k) and 1135 waiver, that will help respond to COVID-19 and help home and community-based workers and provider organizations continued services.

Talking Points:

40 states have gotten 1135 waivers approved already, and many states have already applied for 1115(k) waivers to respond to COVID-19 crisis.

Disability and aging advocates have recommended Wisconsin apply for an 1115(k) and 1135 waiver to do the following:

  • In the event that someone is quarantined in the community, allow flexibility to authorize family members to be paid as providers and develop an expedited process to approve alternative care providers.
  • Allow hazard and overtime pay to cover direct service and home health workers who are at increased risk of COVID-19 as they provide care for people.
  • Temporarily modify the timeline for Long Term Functional Screen re-evaluations.
  • Ensure billing is allowable for remote service delivery and communication between providers and employers of people with disabilities to ensure they can maintain their employment during or develop opportunities for after the crisis.
  • Waive prior authorization requirements to remove barriers to needed services.
  • Provide care in alternative settings as needed.
  • Provide the flexibility needed to expand the home- and community-based service provider network.

Children’s Long-Term Care, IRIS and Family Care waiver programs provide critical services to 85,000 people who need support to stay in their homes and out of expensive Medicaid-funded institutions.