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APD Offers Waiver Enrollment to Individuals on Waiting List

With the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) offering Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid waiver enrollment to individuals on the waiver waiting list, advocates are applauding Governor Ron DeSantis’ commitment to serving people with disabilities in Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis and the Legislature allocated $95 million for APD to enroll approximately 1,900 people on …

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Florida seeks $1.1B in federal funding to expand Medicaid home-based services

The DeSantis administration is seeking an additional $1.1 billion in federal Medicaid dollars available under the American Rescue Plan over the next two years for home- and community-based services (HCBSs) that serve nearly 110,000 Floridians. Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, confirmed Tuesday the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) submitted its proposal Monday …

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Florida requests $1.1 billion to boost HCBS funding

On Monday, Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) submitted a $1.1 billion spending plan for home and community-based services (HCBS) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The funding would come from increased Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) outlined under President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The 10-point percentage increase will last …

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Florida asks for $1.1 billion in Medicaid funding but it’s not a step toward expansion

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is asking the federal government for an additional $1.1 billion in federal Medicaid dollars over the next two years to bolster access to home- and community-based programs and steer hundreds of millions of dollars to poor, elderly and disabled Floridians to purchase technology and make home improvements that enable them …

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Group Homes For Those With Developmental Disabilities Face A Growing Worker Shortage

Developmental disability service providers are the latest to join a list of employers who say they’re facing a worker shortage. Advocates say direct support professionals who left the industry because of health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic aren’t returning now because of low wages. When someone has a developmental disability, they may need help …

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Don’t Leave Federal Funds on the Table

We are urging the Florida Legislature to not leave Federal funds for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities on the table. Learn more about the latest COVID relief bill, how it impacts services and how you can help here: bit.ly/Action-Needed-Today

Florida COVID vaccine plan mostly bypasses developmentally disabled population

Florida COVID vaccine plan mostly bypasses developmentally disabled population But help may be on the way When Pat Shepard went to get her COVID-19 shot, her 48-year-old daughter with developmental disabilities and severe medical problems asked why she couldn’t get hers, too. At first, her doctor said she didn’t see why not, only to learn …

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Gov. DeSantis health budget wins praise — mostly (FloridaPolitics.com)

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposed $96.6 billion budget unveiled Thursday got high marks from most, but not all, health-care providers that treat poor, elderly and disabled Floridians. The Governor did not recommend Medicaid rate cuts for nursing homes or hospitals in his proposed spending plan for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, drawing praise from associations that …

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DeSantis’ Budget Vetoes A ‘Big Hit’ To Florida’s Health Care System

Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed more than $140.5 million in health care spending from the state’s new budget Monday as he brought the spending plan in line with reduced revenues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. In trying to balance the 2020-2021 budget, which takes effect Wednesday, DeSantis vetoed scores of health care-related projects but also …

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Florida Developmental Disabilities Council commends Gov. DeSantis for preserved funding

The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council issued a statement Monday recognizing Gov. Ron DeSantis‘s decision to leave the funding for the iBudget Waiver and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities untouched. “The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council  is pleased by Governor DeSantis’ decision to preserve funding for the iBudget Waiver through the Agency for Persons with Disabilities,” …

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