Barca and Vinehout Receive 2010 Outstanding Legislative Service Award

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February 8, 2010

Wisconsin Association of County Homes Recognize Representative Peter Barca and Senator Kathleen Vinehout for Outstanding Service

MADISON – Yesterday Representative Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) and Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) were recognized by the Wisconsin Association of County Homes and presented with the 2010 Outstanding Legislative Service Award. The association selected one member of the Assembly and one member of the Senate for the award. The Wisconsin Association of County Homes was in Madison to lobby legislators on their legislative agenda and to hold their spring conference.

“It is truly an honor to be selected for such an award,” Representative Barca explained. “I believe it is critical that we protect our county nursing homes so they can continue to provide basic, affordable healthcare services to our aging population. In Kenosha, we are blessed to have a high quality facility like the Brookside Care Center and I will continue to be a strong advocate for county nursing homes in the future.”

Barca and Vinehout were chosen for the award in large part due to their efforts during the state’s biennial budget process last spring to restore funding of the Certified Public Expenditure to county nursing homes. The budget that Governor Doyle had initially introduced called for the state to keep that funding, however the legislature deleted that provision and returned approximately $10.2 million to county nursing homes.

“County nursing homes are vital partners in providing quality care for our frail and elderly citizens,” Sen. Vinehout said. “Even in the face of the most serious budget shortfall, the state simply could not retreat from its commitment to that partnership. Doing so would have jeopardized not only resident care but the economic contributions of our county homes to our communities.”

“The Association of County Homes worked very hard to ensure that the Certified Public Expenditure funding to county nursing homes was restored in the current budget,” said Fran Petrick, Past President of the WACH and Administer of Brookside Care Center in Kenosha. “We were successful because of the support we received from our legislators. When I asked our members about who they believed the key legislative leaders on this issue were, it was their response that Representative Barca and Senator Vinehout should be especially recognized for their contributions.”

Representative Barca and Senator Vinehout were invited to address the association during the lunch portion of their conference yesterday.


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