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Medicaid Waiver iBudget Redesign

What’s happening?

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), in conjunction with the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), has been directed by the Florida legislature to develop a plan to redesign the waiver program.

The Concerns

Many families, organizations, and advocacy groups are very concerned about how this could potentially significantly and detrimentally impact beneficiaries.

The Response

The disabilities community, historically described as fragmented, is uniting in one clear and powerful voice to demand that the community is treated with the dignity, respect, services, and funding it deserves.

What’s Happening

Legislative Mandate

In the 2019 legislative session, the Florida state legislature passed a law – Section 26, Chapter 2019-116, Laws of Florida, (see page 22) requiring the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) and the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) submit a Medicaid iBudget Florida waiver redesign plan by September 30, 2019 for legislative consideration during the 2020 legislative session.

The agencies presented a one-page Waiver Redesign Overview and 105-page iBudget Waiver Redesign plan to The Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services on October 16, 2019.

Learn more about What’s Happening….

The Concerns

Addressing Concerns

Across the state of Florida, nearly everyone that is connected to the disabilities community is very concerned about how the iBudget redesign could potentially severely impact those receiving benefits through cuts or disruptions in services.

A great summary of those concerns, along with how to reach out to legislators to express those concerns, was presented at the September meeting (watch the video on this page) of Our Voices Together by:

  • Beth Gulling – Vice President Community Relations, Community Resource Network of Florida
  • Kevin Lewis – Executive Director, LARC, (Lee County Association of Remarkable Citizens)
  • Barbara Braun – Waiver Support Coordinator

Our Voices Together is a collective group of families, friends, direct supports, support coordinators, provider agencies, community members, advocacy groups, and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) working together to use their voices to improve services in Florida.

Learn more about The Concerns…

Our Voices Together
September 2019 Meeting

 

Posted by Our Voices Together, Florida on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Response

How We’re Responding

Action for Disabilities is committed to ensuring that the voices of the community are heard, and appropriate services and funding are guaranteed by organizing and working with all community stakeholders:

  • agencies
  • organizations
  • businesses
  • support coordinators
  • beneficiaries
  • advocates
  • advocacy groups
  • media outlets
  • legislators

Through this website, we’re providing a centralized resource for all the information related to the iBudget redesign, including:

  • reports
  • analysis
  • news
  • videos
  • memes
  • social media posts
  • stakeholders

We’re working with the disabilities community stakeholders to develop a statewide strategic plan, executing the plan through the following teams:

  • strategy
  • issue experts
  • messaging
  • content production
  • outreach
  • media relations
  • project management
  • sponsorship/fundraising
  • technology

To facilitate the following outcomes:

  • a statewide strategic plan
  • in-depth issue analysis
  • unified messaging
  • video content creation
  • comprehensive stakeholder organizing
  • statewide public relations
  • mass collective action
  • sustainable financing
  • technology integration and development