Tuesday, July 19, 2005

$62 million was lost!

With thousands of disabled Floridians waiting for services, $62 million intended for their care has been lost.

The unspent money could have gotten nearly 2,300 people off the waiting list, which now totals over 14,000 people with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism, Down’s syndrome and other disabilities. The state pays an average of $27,045 for each person’s care.

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities didn’t anticipate the $62 million surplus, so it was forfeited to a general state fund when the state’s budget year ended June 30.

An agency spokesman said the surplus came mostly from an effort to correct billing mistakes by providers of services such as physical therapy.

The providers say the surplus proves that the agency has been “overzealous” in its cost-cutting measures. They question whether the agency is being a good steward of money for those in need.

Read the Orlando Sentinel story here.

See previous post here.


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