Rick Scott, the Governor of Florida, claims to be helping people with DD by increasing the state budget to reduce the "critical needs" waiting list for services. The truth is, according to Sequenzia, that:
- "The Medicaid Waiver budget for 2013-14 was $915 million, or $46 million below the 2008 budget. It was actually the third lowest budget in the last six years.
- "This while the waiting list grew from 15,648 in Sept. 2007 to 21,140 in June 2014.
- "Now the final straw. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) returned approximately $80 million 'unspent' from this fiscal year to the state treasury. Yes, you read that correctly. Gov. Scott not only reduced spending, the agency returned unspent money, while 21,000 people are languishing on a waiting list."
Floridians should be fuming.