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Florida's Legislative Session Draws to a Close

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) closed out their budget items with generous funding from the House and the Senate as follows (all dollar amounts include federal matching funds). Adult Day Training Provider Rate Increase - $7,486,373 Personal Supports Provider Rate Increase - $27,670,492 Residential Habilitation Provider Rate Increase- $5,450,246 Resources for Persons with Unique Abilities -$58,034,834 Serve Additional Clients on the Home and Community Based Services Waiver Waitlist- $30,223,451 Funding for the APD deficits from the past two years- $241 million dollars

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Lawmakers back overhaul of disabilities program

Florida is poised to overhaul a state program that helps tens of thousands of people with disabilities live at home or in their communities, after lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill designed to bring stability to the program following years of cost overruns and deficits.

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Disabilities program part of health care end game

Senate Appropriations Chairman Rob Bradley, R- Fleming Island, told The News Service of Florida on Wednesday that the Senate remains focused on the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Medicaid-funded iBudget program, which provides services to tens of thousands of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

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To address DSP shortage, lawmakers want nationwide head count

The federal government would track the number of direct support professionals for the first time ever under a new proposal designed to help address a shortage of workers to assist people with disabilities.

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North Carolina to overhaul community living program for people with disabilities

North Carolina isn't offering enough community-based supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who want to live independently, according to a new court ruling. It says the state's Department of Health and Human Services violated the law by placing people in institutionalized settings, even when they expressed the desire to live on their own.

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House shies away from overhauling the disabilities program

The chance that Florida legislators this year will redesign the Medicaid program for people with developmental disabilities is dwindling. While the House has pushed in the past for an overhaul of the program, the Republican who oversees health-care spending said she thinks, for now, the agency running the program can continue operating as is.

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Nationally, waiting lists for waiver services growing

The number of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the country who are on waiting lists to receive Medicaid-funded home- and community-based services is on the rise. There were 473,000 people on waiting lists in 2017, some 49,000 more than the year before, according to an analysis released Thursday by the ANCOR Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy.

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Colorado vowed to end the waitlist for an adult disability program by 2020. Nearly 3,000 people are still waiting

The Medicaid program provides 24/7 care for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The average wait is currently eight years. Six years ago, Colorado lawmakers set 2020 as the year the state would clear the waitlists for all Medicaid waiver programs for people with disabilities. That didn’t happen.

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Proposed Medicaid restructuring will harm disability community

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced guidance to states allowing them to pursue drastic changes in how they administer Medicaid to many program recipients, including people with disabilities, family members, direct support professionals, and other allies of people with disabilities.

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