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.