…but I never really knew just how much until now. For a few years, I have talked about Florida Medicaid waiver funding and specifically how Florida ranks 50th out of the nation in funding for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I complain and fuss about how ashamed I am that these special people aren’t [...]Read the rest of this entry »
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Florida legislators considering funding cuts for the developmentally disabled.
House and Senate aren’t agreeing.
Balancing the budget on the backs of Florida’s most vulnerable, many of whom aren’t able to speak for themselves.
Sound familiar? Well immediate action is needed today, and you, our advocates, can speak up! Visit this Web site to take a stand. Currently the Florida [...]
You ever have those epiphany moments when things just suddenly become clear? I hate to sound like a broken record on the state of the Medicaid waiver system in Florida. I guess it comes up every time the Florida legislature goes into session. I’ve talked about it here, here and here as well as several other [...]Read the rest of this entry »
The following piece is adapted from the Florida Association for Rehabilitative Facilities (ARF) Medicaid Waiver cuts white paper for the developmentally disabled. It gives a bleak but accurate picture of the cuts seen within the system over the past seven years.
In July 2003, the State of Florida Agency for Person’s with Disabilities (APD) adopted a [...]Read the rest of this entry »
In May, the state of Florida legislature sent a budget to the Governor’s office in Tallahassee that included 2.5% cuts across the board for Medicaid waiver services, specifically hurting providers that assist individuals with disabilities. A grassroots effort was launched throughout the state on behalf of the agencies requesting that parents, board members and advocates [...]Read the rest of this entry »
What would losing $15,000 a year do to you? Knowing present economic situations across the country, it’s easy for someone to understand what it’s like to lose a job or have hours cut back, lose your benefits, live month to month and have all of your finances in turmoil. Picture a similar scenario for someone who [...]Read the rest of this entry »
The Florida legislature just went into session last week, and there are already very pertinent pieces of legislation pending that could greatly affect the citizens ARC Marion serves and the developmentally disabled across our state. In fact, in the next 14 days, the Senate and House Appropriations Committees are considering two options to further reduce funding [...]Read the rest of this entry »
…A question so appropriately asked recently by one of the ARC program directors. With tears in her eyes she continued, “For all these years we’ve been telling our folks that they could make choices. If they want to attend ADT (adult day training) today, they can. If they want to go out on enclave (a [...]Read the rest of this entry »
Allow me to step back on my soapbox for a few days.
Want to know how the Medicaid waiver works for the developmentally disabled in Florida? This year, it goes something like this. If you aren’t already on the waiting list, apply. Get your name on the list and sit there for the next seven years [...]
The fact remains, there are certain people groups who frankly need assistance from the government. As much as I hate to admit it sometimes from the political standpoint, without government assistance and intervention for certain folks, like those with developmental disabilities, they just wouldn’t receive the care and training they need.
However, just as we as [...]
I’m officially hot and bothered! The Florida legislature has gone to great heights to get me to this level, and I just really can’t believe what I’m reading in the press day in and day out about their most recent special session.
I’ve mentioned in this blog before the fact that the state of Florida ranks [...]
I know there is a great need for information about the Medicaid Waiver, because it can be confusing and daunting to anyone just starting the process. While I am aware that Medicaid Waiver systems are basically in place all across the country, (see map ) the state of Florida is different than most others and is unique. We are [...]Read the rest of this entry »