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Protecting Vulnerable Floridians

Rick Scott for Florida

June 10, 2014

When Governor Scott pledged to create more opportunities for Floridians – he meant ALL Floridians. After inheriting an Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) that was severely in debt and in danger of running out of funds, Governor Scott reformed the agency to improve access to care while bringing it out of a financial deficit for the first time since its inception.

With his “Caring for Florida Families” plan, Governor Scott wants every person to reach his or her full potential, regardless of the challenges they face.

  • Governor Scott eliminated the state’s Medicaid waiver waitlist for those with critical needs, ensuring that those Floridians with the most needs are cared for.  Under Charlie Crist, not one additional dollar was spent to remove people from the Agency for Person’s with Disabilities (APD) waitlist.
  • APD had a budget deficit of $167 million and was in danger of running out of funding when Charlie Crist left office.  Governor Scott transformed the agency, balanced the budget, and provided better quality care to more people.
  • Utilizing the innovative iBudget system, Governor Scott implemented individualized plans so that those with disabilities are given customized care and not put thourgh a one-size-fits-all system.

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