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Proposed Cuts to Medicaid Will be Devastating for Floridians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Numbers Confirm Worst Fears of People with Disabilities: The Proposed Cuts to Medicaid Will be Devastating for Floridians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

In response to the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the House-passed American Health Care Act we believe the proposed reductions to Medicaid at the Federal level will be devastating to Floridians.  The proposal includes 14 million fewer people enrolled in Medicaid by 2026, and a $834 billion in spending cuts to Medicaid over a decade.

Marty Ford, Senior Executive Officer, Public Policy, The Arc stated the following regarding the proposed cuts:

“The states will be hard-pressed to make up for the loss of funding from the Medicaid program and the per capita cap restructuring that permanently eliminates the federal guarantee to partner in delivering these services. The hole will be vast and it will consume decades of progress in investing in supports and services for people to be served in the community instead of in isolated and segregated institutions or facilities. People with disabilities and their families fear the loss of community based supports and a return to institutional services.

We are at a critical juncture in our history as a disability rights movement. Now more than ever, people with disabilities, families, professionals in the field, and the general public need to rise up to protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live a life like anyone else,” said

This isn’t politics, it’s advocacy for the people we serve.  Write your U.S. Senators and Congressmen and Congresswomen today.  They must be told that Floridians with intellectual and developmental disabilities cannot endure anymore reductions to their service funding. Florida already ranks 50 out of 51 U.S. States and Territories in fiscal effort for persons with I/DD.

Florida has already lost 37% of the providers who serve individuals under the Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver.  Another reduction will surely make service out of reach for many Floridians.

Use the following website to find out how to contact your Representatives or Senators in the U.S. Congress: www.govtrack.us/congreass/members

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2017 Is Almost Here!

The 2017 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day is almost here!  This year, the event will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, under the Senate Office Building off to the side of the Capitol Courtyard.  It will begin around 11:00 AM with a press conference with The Arc of Florida, Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Florida ARF and several special guests.  Lunch will be provided after the press conference concludes.

The Arc of Florida’s 2017 legislative priorities can be found here: The Arc of Florida 2017 Legislative Priorities 

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