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2019-09-13

Florida eyes cutting rates or services for disabled people

Potential changes could affect virtually every client that receives services through the state’s disabilities program, to save tens of millions from the agency’s bottom line.

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Florida
2019-03-25

Florida Senate health panel releases initial budget proposal

The Senate’s proposed budget doesn’t address reconfiguring the iBudget program but would appropriate $74.5 million to address the deficit and future growth. Moreover, the budget would direct $41.7 million in funding to provide a rate increase for direct care workers who work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Florida
2019-02-01

Governor DeSantis pitches $91.3 billion spending plan

The proposal includes an additional $40.4 million to fund additional individuals in the iBudget waiver program administered by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD).

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Florida
2019-01-24

Bill Would Prohibit Waiting Lists for Community-Based Services

Community-based services are often much harder to obtain than access to institutional care, but there is a new push underway to change that. A bill introduced in Congress this month would ensure that people with disabilities who are eligible for institutional care would have the right to access those same services in their own homes, if they choose. The legislation known as the Disability Integration Act would prohibit states and insurers that cover long-term services and supports from imposing any policies, cost caps, waiting lists or other limitations to community-based offerings that are different from those in place for institutional care.

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National
2019-01-10

Florida Plummets in National Ranking of Helping People with Intellectual Disabilities, Report Says

Florida has plunged in a national ranking of states’ progress toward helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities lead more independent and productive lives, according to a report released late Wednesday that blamed “declining state investments.”

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Florida
2019-01-03

Advocates Seek Funding to Help Virginians with Disabilities

Dozens of disability-rights activists urged members of the Virginia General Assembly Thursday to approve funding to reduce the nearly 13,000-strong waitlist for developmental disability waivers.

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National
2019-01-02

Florida Faces ADA Lawsuit Over Medicaid Wait List

Six disabled and elderly Floridians are suing the state over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The case involves long wait times of up to 3½ years for access to in-home health care through Medicaid. The plaintiffs are among some 50,000 disabled and elderly people who are on a wait list to get Medicaid approval for in-home services. The suit alleges that the patients face hardships without these services, said Regan Bailey, litigation director for Justice in Aging, which is representing the plaintiffs along with Disability Rights Florida and the Southern Legal Counsel.

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Florida

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