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Thank the State for Rescinding Provider Cuts

Dear Friend,
Last evening, the Legislature moved to fill a $174 million deficit in APD’s budget. As a result, Governor Scott has agreed to rescind cuts to payments to providers that serve a critical role in supporting Floridians with disabilities and their families.
This is a very positive development for Florida’s families, and it’s important to let policy makers know that they’ve done the right thing. Our friend Susan Goldstein has created a simple form on her site, FFDD News, so families can send a message to the Governor and Legislators. Please take a moment to visit http://www.ffddnews.com/contact-your-legislator.php and share your thoughts with our state’s policy makers.
If you would like to know a little bit more about the situation and the resolution that was reached last night, check out the Governor’s press release below.
The Family Cafe

Providers To Get Full Rates Restored,
At Least For The Moment
Reaches deal with House and Senate to release funds for services
Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced an agreement with the House and Senate that would provide an infusion of cash that will prevent the Agency for Persons with Disabilities from discontinuing services.
“I thank Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon for joining me to protect the community APD serves, and I applaud the hard work of the staff at APD for finding a solution to this problem,” Governor Scott stated. “After years of deficit spending that put these services at risk, I’m glad that we’re taking steps to finally bring responsible financial management to this agency and the people they serve.”
After an Inspector General report disclosed that the agency would likely run out of cash to pay for needed services in early May due to an unprecedented $174 million budget shortfall, Governor Scott issued an emergency order stretching funds through the end of the fiscal year to avoid any cutoff of services.
The Governor’s Office worked closely with the Legislature to find a way to provide immediate funding so that the Emergency Order could be lifted and to find a long term solution to the problem. Governor Scott also continues to work with the Legislature and members of the disability community to develop strategies to prevent future shortfalls in APD’s budget.
Today’s deal lifts a hold on approximately $30 million that will cover the agency’s provider costs through the end of the fiscal year.
From: Governor’s Press Office
1332 N. Duval St.
Tallahassee, FL 32303
United States

Rally’s around Florida

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Dear Family Cafe Friends,
The below message is from Waiver Provider.com  their April 2011 2nd issue. . . please read!
Different Rally’s are going on around the state to protest the APD budget cuts. 

Here is a list of contacts for you to email.
Rally’s are being planned on April 16th all over the State of Florida.

 Tallahassee – Jarl Jackson jarlkjackson@yahoo.com
Panama City – Amanda Baker abaker1532@comcast.net
Tampa – Richard Chapman rac@usf.mail.edu
Orlando – Tricia Riccardi triccardi77@gmail.com
Inverness – Sandy Dayton movingmountains2@naturecoast.net
Bradenton – Wendy Williams mccallwilliams@yahoo.com

Winter Haven – David & Stacey Way waverider962003@yahoo.com

There are many other Rally’s going on around Florida on the 16th if you are helping to put one on please post all of your information on our message boards at WaiverProvider.com & SupportCoordinators.com for all to see.

Florida Governor cuts Medicaid Budget by15%

More news of budget cuts in Florida may be constantly in the air and nearly mind numbing with all the information there is to absorb.  This past week the Florida Governor applied emergency cuts to the Medicaid programs. (http://apd.myflorida.com/news/news/2011/emergency-rule-filing.pdf ) I can barely take it all in.  15% cuts will be applied across the board… surely there are more appropriate methods.  What I do know is that it is personal to my family.  We feel these cuts in our daily life. We felt it with Medicaid which aids special needs.  Medicaid comes and goes for Riley inexplicably… and is always pulling back and I am certain it is all about preserving their budget.  Please do not attempt to explain why this happens to me, I’ve heard the simple explanations and in reality no one really grasps this behemoth organization.  All of this is really more than I have energy to go into this morning.  All I know is that Riley’s services are increasingly difficult to maintain.
The loss I truly fear is changes to Partners In Care (PIC) which is supported by Medicaid funds.  PIC is a pilot program in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties through Hope Hospice for children with “life altering” illnesses and their families.  They came into our lives when I was truly at the end of my rope.  I had nothing left, this is not an expression, it is a fact.  Their program came in and added services for Riley that helped turn our family around.  As far as I am concerned, they saved my life.  Budget cuts like the one enacted this week may prevent this amazing program from being there for other special needs families.  Yes, it’s personal to me.
Below is Riley with his Dad.  They are so beautiful!

Thank you to all those attending the “Tally Rally” in Tallahassee today!  You all do so much for this community.

Easter Seals request: With the help of supporters like you, we are sending a clear message to President Obama that the $50 million funding increase he proposed is appreciated, and that it’s essential it stays in the final budget.

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