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Disability Rights Florida shares results of Public Records request from the Medicaid iBudget Redesign

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The Florida Legislature mandated that the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), in conjunction with the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), develop a plan to redesign the Medicaid iBudget Waiver Program after it had continued to operate at a deficit during the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Following concerns via the public regarding the redesign shared at the APD Public Input Meeting held on July 17, 2019, Disability Rights Florida sought to get more detailed information from APD regarding the redesign efforts with AHCA.

On August 28, 2019, Disability Rights Florida has received a number of documents in response to a Public Records request filed with APD regarding the iBudget Redesign. These documents contain preliminary drafts of the materials and Final Report that is due to the Legislature on September 30, 2019.

To view the documents obtained in the Public Records request, please visit this link: Preliminary Medicaid iBudget Redesign Documents Obtained from Agency for Persons with Disabilities



Spread the Word to Save Your iBudget Waiver Services!

The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) needs your voice to protect the iBudget Waiver services program!

The FDDC just released its iBudget Waiver Survey to help the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Florida legislature understand why the waiver program is absolutely vital for persons with I/DD and to show what waiver services are critical for Floridians.

The survey data is anonymous with 13 simple questions. Please complete and submit the survey before September 1, 2019.

Click on the picture below to take the survey:

It’s National Disability Voter Registration Week!

The Arc of Florida joins The Arc US in spreading an important message for individuals with disabilities:

Make sure your vote counts!

Did you know there was a surge in people with disabilities voting in 2018?!

While this is exciting news, people with disabilities continue to face many barriers to voting – from transportation, to guardianship, to accessibility of their polling location, and more. Because of this, the voter turnout rate is still lower for people with disabilities.

The first step to continuing to increase turnout and breaking down barriers is making sure we are registered to vote!

Each year, the REV UP campaign, through the American Association for People with Disabilities, organizes National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) to promote registration and civic engagement among people with disabilities.

Here are three things you can do this week to make the #DisabilityVote count:

  1. Make sure YOU are registered to vote.
  2. Encourage your friends and family to register!
  3. Spread the word on social media by sharing these sample posts this week: Support National Disability Voter Registration Week by registering today! #REVUP

If you’re active on social media, try use these hashtags to spread the word: #REVUP, #DisabilityVote, #DisabilityVote19

Let’s make sure our community is registered, educated, and engaged to exercise their civil right to vote! #REVUP #DisabilityVote