Disability Cuts Anger Medicaid Patients

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - Yliana Eberts pulled her disabled daughter, Carmon, out of a group home after she discovered scrapes and bruises all over her body.

Yliana applied for a Medicaid waiver and now her daughter lives on her own. Medicaid pays for caregivers to watch Carmon, but last week Governor Rick Scott cut funds that pay for her care.

“I don’t have any options because I cannot care for her. That is why she is where she is,” said Yliana.

The 15 percent cut is affecting thousands of Floridians with disabilities.

Wednesday, hundreds rallied at the state capitol to tell Scott to restore the funds. Some of them, like Philip Wojtas, who will lose his rides to therapy because of the cuts, needed help sharing their stories.

Interpreter: Do you want to live in an institution?
Philip: No
Interpreter: No, you don’t want to live in an institution, you would rather live in your apartment, right?”
Philip: Yes

The crowd invited the Governor to the rally to explain his cuts, but he was no where to be found. Scott had a meeting in Palm Beach and left minutes before the rally began, but Tuesday he told reporters spending at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities was out of control.

“That agency has not lived within its budget as far as I can tell it never did and so everybody just kicked the can and never really held them accountable,” said Scott.

Scott says the decisions he makes won’t earn him a lot of friends. This crowd is proof positive the governor’s right. But the governor is making friends with the Tea Party and business groups, and even though a poll released today shows Scott’s approval ratings low, political experts say if he’s able to turn the economy around… voters will change their tune.

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  • by Somebody Location: Tallahassee on Apr 7, 2011 at 05:47 PM
    I can not believe people are backing this up?! My son is disabled, he is four...He has to have medicaid. Insurance companies will not accept him, if they do, the will not cover everything thing my son needs and I couldn't afford it no matter how much I worked, to keep him alive...If it was your child...If it was your family member...You would feel different...I can not believe how souless the human race has become..Makes me sick, daily.
  • by Kim Location: Tally on Apr 7, 2011 at 08:15 AM
    Geez people....educate yourself a bit ! The basics so everyone can understand. This is just from one area I know about. X amount of money is given for autism which can serve say 200 children. During that year through doctors, friends and other services 300 children are referred to this particular institute. Bam they are over budget. So you say they are supposed to stop at 200 and turn the rest away and say sorry we can not help you? Which it does happen but it is now going to be so much worse.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2011 at 04:17 AM
    This misplaced anger is because people refuse to be responsible and take care of their own responsibilities...its not the responsibility of any govt to take care of your children. If these agencies are unable to live within their budget, then get rid of them!
  • by tom Location: madison on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:39 PM
    it is your job to take care of yourself and your family......not rick scott's.......think about it
  • by so sad Location: Tally on Apr 6, 2011 at 06:31 PM
    This so sad, but Scott is doing what he promised "getting to work",..... freeing up money for the special interests that funded his campaign. Why not take it from the disabled, whats next on the agenda, no need for public school funding, when kids can be put to work at pill mills...
  • by PLEASE PRAY on Apr 6, 2011 at 05:04 PM
    This man is the devil. I am so serious. RICK SCOTT IS THE ANTI CHRIST. Hatred is how he got into office. Besides him paying off his opponents. SOME OF US VOTE FOR PEOPLE FOR THE WRONG REASONS. Then its to late when they realize it will affects your future. Every one has someone in thier family affected by scott. Some of us are to embarrassed to admit we voted for him. Some of us are to embarrassed to admit we did not VOTE.
  • by david Location: Tally on Apr 6, 2011 at 04:09 PM
    about 60% of people on disability are not disabled.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 03:47 PM
    He really needs to get a clue.. He needs to spend two weeks, day and night with a family with a person with disabilities to see exactly what they go through on a daily basis. It is a crying shame he can't face the people his cuts are affecting. This man is going to ruin Florida.
  • by tom Location: madison on Apr 6, 2011 at 03:29 PM
    Cut the waste and abuse and their is plenty of money to take care of the really sick people.....stop WASTE FRAUD AND ABUSE.......
  • by 14north88 Location: tally on Apr 6, 2011 at 03:26 PM
    Fine with me.
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