Thursday, March 31, 2011

Rick Scott slashes support for the disabled

Gov. Rick Scott has slashed payments for group homes and case workers who help people with severe mental and physical disabilities to address a ballooning agency deficit, a move advocates said will be devastating for care.

The announcement came the same day Scott ran with Special Olympians and law-enforcement officers in the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. He praised the athletes for their dedication in a short post-run ceremony at the Capitol courtyard.

Scott's emergency order to cut payments to providers by 15% is aimed at covering a $170-million shortfall at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Advocates for about 35,000 disabled patients said the cut in payments through June 30 would cause some care centers to close their doors.

Read the Orlando Sentinel report here.


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