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      Gov. Walker announces plan to expand Family Care

      Republican Gov. Scott Walker announces the expansion of the Family Care program in Green Bay on Monday, April 21, 2014. (WLUK/Andrew LaCombe)
      Republican Gov. Scott Walker announces the expansion of the Family Care program in Green Bay on Monday, April 21, 2014. (WLUK/Andrew LaCombe)


      GREEN BAY - Republican Gov. Scott Walker was in Green Bay Monday to announce the expansion of a state program that provides in-home care for older and disabled residents.

      Previously, 57 counties offered Family Care services. This expansion includes Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto and Shawano counties.

      "Ensuring that more people are able to stay in their own home on their own terms in a way that's not only financially feasible for the taxpayers, most importantly in a way that gives people the option that's best for them," said Walker.

      State health officials say about 2,400 people who currently rely on county-run programs in the seven counties would be moved onto Family Care.

      State analysis shows that could reduce long-term care costs by about $35 million over ten years.

      However, it could take as long as three years to get the program up and running in the new counties.