Ben checking schedule (copy)

Ben Fleischman checks his schedule at Artworking in Monona. Fleischman has done art work and workedpart-time jobs with supportive services through Medicaid in Dane County, where the services will be offered through Family Care and IRIS beginning in 2018.

AMBER ARNOLD -- State Journal archives

Family Care and IRIS, Medicaid programs that provide long-term care to disabled and elderly residents in their homes, will begin in Dane County in the first quarter of 2018, Tom Engels, interim secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, said Thursday.

The programs will expand to Adams, Florence, Forest, Oneida, Taylor and Vilas counties in the third quarter of 2017, Engels said. That means the programs will be available statewide in 2018 after they begin in Dane County.

In June, the health department withdrew a plan to change how Family Care and IRIS are run. Under the changes, integrated health agencies, or IHAs, would have overseen supportive services and medical care.

The IHAs would have replaced eight regional managed-care organizations that oversee supportive services. Participants receive medical care through other Medicaid coverage.

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David Wahlberg is the health and medicine reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.