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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 …

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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 …

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State requests $1.1 billion for home and community-based Medicaid services

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Florida is looking to secure an additional $1.1 billion from the federal government to bolster Medicaid funding over the next …

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Rescue Act Dollars Addressed by Disabilities Advocates

A diminishing workforce of direct service professionals is causing a crisis for Floridians with disabilities and those who rely on such services. With low wages, fears …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Sunrise Podcast – Interview with Valerie Breen, FDDC Executive Director (interview starts at 10-minute mark)

Floridians with disabilities rally in the Capitol Courtyard as lawmakers try to figure out how to deal with the waiting list for persons with …

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Florida Politics Sunburn – Sunrise Podcast interview with Valerie by Rick Flagg

Floridians with disabilities rally in the Capitol Courtyard as lawmakers try to figure out how to deal with the waiting list for persons with …

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Advocates Gather at State Capitol for Developmental Disabilities and Transportation Awareness Day

Hundreds of Floridians concerned about the quality of care and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as those who are …

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Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics

Could the fact that Monday night’s Capitol Press Corps Skits were the 65th iteration of this annual lampooning of Florida politics be portentous?  As one …

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A prime-time look at the 2020 Legislative Session

Sixty Days — A prime-time look at the 2019 Legislative Session: The Last 24 The House has been moving forward with a proposal that …

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Thank You to all of our partners of the 2020 Disabilities & Transportation Awareness Day

The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council would like to thank everyone who attended our Disabilities & Transportation Awareness Day on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at …

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2020 Idelio Award Winner, Danielle McGill & Executive Director, Valerie Breen

2020 Idelio Award Winner, Danielle McGill & Executive Director, Valerie Breen Fort Lauderdale resident Danielle McGill received the 11th Annual Idelio Valdes Leadership and …

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