Action for Disabilities is pleased to present:
Breakthroughs in Advocacy
Strategically addressing legislative concerns by effectively leveraging the power of our masses.
At the SNAC PBC Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, January 21st, 2:00-4:30pm
Children’s Services Council
2300 High Ridge Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
Medicaid Waiver iBudget Redesign
Many families, organizations, and advocacy groups are very concerned about how this could potentially significantly and detrimentally impact beneficiaries.
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.
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.
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.
Our Voices Together
September 2019 Meeting
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:
- support coordinators
- advocacy groups
- media outlets
Through this website, we’re providing a centralized resource for all the information related to the iBudget redesign, including:
- social media posts
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We’re working with the disabilities community stakeholders to develop a statewide strategic plan, executing the plan through the following teams:
- issue experts
- content production
- media relations
- project management
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