Scott: APD Has Not Lived Within its Budget

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, Florida - April 6, 2011 -

The financially troubled Agency for Persons with Disabilities “has not lived within its budget,” said Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday. He said “everybody just kicked the can and never really held them accountable.”

His comments come a week after Scott and APD issued an emergency rule aimed at avoiding a deficit of about $170 million. The emergency rule slashed provider rates by 15 percent. Some disability advocates worried about the impact of the rate reduction on residents served by waiver programs that caused the deficit.

“We’ve got to come up with a way of doing it on a cost-effective basis where people are taken care of and we don’t run out of money,” Scott said.

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