We, the undersigned members of the nonpartisan Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), write to express our concerns regarding Florida’s 1915(b) and 1915(c) waiver request that would create a mandatory program for the delivery of long-term services and supports in Medicaid through private proprietary health plans. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) submitted this request to you on August 1, 2011. We urge you to reject the waiver. As advocates for older adults and individuals with disabilities, we are concerned with the proposal to overhaul the state long-term services and supports (LTSS) delivery system based on a failed five-county managed care demonstration. The demonstration did not include the state’s most frail and vulnerable residents, the LTSS population; therefore it is not justified to serve as a model for statewide expansion.
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