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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  • by Scott Location: Rick's Can, USA on Apr 9, 2011 at 06:34 PM
    NO RICK, ITS THE GOVERNMENT THAT HAS KICKED THE CAN AND HAS NOT LIVED WITHIN ITS TAXPAYER BUDGET TO THE TUNE OF 14 TRILLION FEDERAL, AND BILLIONS MORE HERE IN FLORIDA. THE DISABLED ARE JUST TRYING TO GET TO THE CAN WITH SOME HELP, AND NOW YOU ARE JUST TOOK THE MONEY AWAY TO KEEP MANY OF THOSE HELPERS EMPLOYED. GET IT? I THINK YOU DO. AFTER ALL, YOU WERE CEO OVER THE LARGEST CONVICTED MEDICARE FRAUD RING IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY, CORRECT?
  • by Sandra on Apr 7, 2011 at 04:40 PM
    Scott does not know that we the providers did not create this mess, and he wants to privatize some programs so his company (Solastic) can make more moeny. Bravo Rick Scott, God has the answer for us. He knows why you are doing it, and he will make he provides more to us.
  • by Cows Rule Location: Lovett, FL on Apr 7, 2011 at 05:21 AM
    I don't know how Rick Scott ran his "Public Sector" career but the public sector I had my career in didn't punish the little guy for poor management, you got rid of poor managers. So far this guy swings a big stick at the bottom rungs of the government ladder; what's the plan for the highly paid supervisors, bureau chiefs and division directors who are directly responsible for not getting their job done?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:27 PM
    I have a disable young adult child that would do anything not to be but this is how life is. Governor Scott needs to have one live with him for awhile and maybe then he would see what he is doing is so wrong to the disable. Governor Scott is rich though and all he cares about is himself.
  • by JEN JEN on Apr 6, 2011 at 04:40 PM
    SLICK SLIM BALD HEAD RICK. SCOTT DOES NOT CARE ABOUT US, WHETHER U SUPPORT HIM OR NOT. RICK IS ALL ABOUT RICK. MONEY MONEY MONEY
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      by MIKE MAC on Apr 7, 2011 at 01:10 AM in reply to JEN JEN
      true, his followers dont seem to understand that. He doesnt want friends. They support him today then tomorrow he cuts a program that affects them, then its the same hate. Watch. Everyone will soon be affected by his selfish actions. Who cuts education i mean REALLY?
  • by Seriously??!!!!!! Location: Florida on Apr 6, 2011 at 04:02 PM
    I wonder, Mr. Scott how do you think you would feel if you or your spouse maybe a child or other family membe suffered from a disability that requires extensive treatment, say for life. And what if you had a blue collar job that kept your income to minimal wages, you know ummm below poverty level. And one day a self diagnosing Governor steps in and decides to be the vigilante of medicaid. Sir, without these benefits you are harming the people who put you in office! you are acting as though it is their place to be punished because those in charge of this do not know how to budget. Stop hurting the innocent!
  • by Rob Location: L on Apr 6, 2011 at 02:53 PM
    Mr. Scott, If I push 5,000 people into your house and tell you that it's your legal obligation to provide for them, but don't give you the means to do it, and then I come along five years later and say, you failed to stay in your budget, and maintain good controls of your household resources. Who's fault is that? Should I blame you for your management skills?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 02:32 PM
    Rick scott is the down fall to floridas middle class
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      by Scott on Apr 9, 2011 at 06:41 PM in reply to
      Not yet. But soon. Good thing the earth is only so big. He can run, but he won't be able to hide for long. We will find him too.
  • by Mom with 2 disabled Location: Stuart on Apr 6, 2011 at 02:23 PM
    It's a crying shame...what will happen to my 2 young adult boys?
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      by Mom too on Apr 7, 2011 at 08:02 AM in reply to Mom with 2 disabled
      Here's a thought... you take care of them. They're your sons. Why should your parental responsibility fall on the taxpayers? We had nothing to do with their conception. We should have nothing to do with their care.
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        by Susan on Apr 7, 2011 at 09:16 AM in reply to Mom too
        You are an idiot Mom too. It takes 6 people to do the tasks required to take care of 2 disabled adults. Most parents were not given the choise to bring a disabled child into the world. It is hard enough emotionally to see all the things your disabled child will never do or experience, let alone the constant care. As we parents age we get ailments (I have twins who are paraplegic from being born premature). I develped severe disc problems from the constant lifting of my daughters and their wheelchairs. I have seizures and leukemia. I can no longer do the care of nursing, OT, PT, dressing, feeding and transportation. You just don't have a clue. Do you think that Christopher Reeve's Mom or wife did all the daily caregiving that he required. Put your pipe down and go work as a nurse for a few days. 11% of the Nation's money goes to providing 3rd world countries medical exams, vacines, food and shelter. Us Americans don't deserve the same? The disabled who can't care for themselves should be thrown away according to you if a parent can no longer care for them. You are about the most evil person that has posted on this blog.
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        by Cows Rule on Apr 7, 2011 at 09:22 AM in reply to Mom too
        @ Mom too; I'm puzzled, which is it? Are you just really young or just really that ignorant?
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          by susan on Apr 7, 2011 at 10:58 AM in reply to Cows Rule
          Thank you "Cows Rule". You hit the nail on the head..though you are much kinder :)
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      by Susan on Apr 7, 2011 at 09:22 AM in reply to Mom with 2 disabled
      I wholeheartedly agree with you,Mom with 2 disabled. I have twins with CP who are paraplegics who I devoted my whole life for their care. They are 34 now and I am no longer healthy enough to bathe, dress, feed them meals, clean up for them, help with hygiene, keep on top of faulty equipment, fight for adaptive equipment that cost thousands,shop for them, etc, etc. Unless folks have walked in our shoes they just can't imagine the work involved with caring for 3 people. If they only thought for one minute of what they do in one day to sustain themselves. We are doing it for 3. Ignorance pure and simple.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Florida on Apr 6, 2011 at 11:19 AM
    Mr. Scott what you are doing is not to APD its to their clients. Obviously you have never been touched by a disability or your thinking may be a little different. I was wondering if you have the nerve to face the parents and individuals you are affecting with this move by attending the Summit on Disabilities in June at the Family Cafe?
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      by PWD on Apr 6, 2011 at 05:41 PM in reply to Concerned Citizen
      I highly doubt he will be at the Family Cafe...even though the actual name of the conference includes "The Governor's Council on Disabilities". SickRick doesn't support those of us with disabilites, so why would he go to a conference filled with us. We'd be so angry at him that he'd be afraid to face us. Unless he thinks that it'd be a good photo op. I'm afraid that one of the things he's going to cut in his funding is the funding for Family Cafe. He probably doesn't see how essential it is for those of us with disabilities. He's a total scumbag. I still don't believe that he ACTUALLY won the election, the count was TOO close & down to a historically problematic county. There should have been a re-count. He's such a scum-bag.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2011 at 01:04 AM in reply to Concerned Citizen
      HE IS NASTY. YES, HE WOULD ATTEND AND SMILE LIKE A CHEST CAT THEN MAKE CUT ALL IN THE SAME WEEK. BUT ITS SAD HOW PEOPLE VOTED FOR HIM JUST BECAUSE HE IS REPUBLICAN.# FAIL
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      by Scott on Apr 9, 2011 at 06:57 PM in reply to Concerned Citizen
      I would call his CEO behavior as he "ruled" over the largest convicted Medicare fraud ring (Columbia Health Care)in the history of our country a definite disability wouldn't you? But they don't give you Medicare or Medicaid money for the disability known as "Crook". If you have accelerated "Crook" disability you just take Medicare and Medicaid funds under the table in very large sums. What they also do in Rick's very extreme condition is make you Governor of the state of Florida. That only happens if you are a REALLY SUPER SUPER Crook. If he attends the Family Cafe, that would be a wonder. But even if he attends please remember that his disability will out rank anything that he sees or hears about, so it won't really result in any meaningful change...
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