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        LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE OR SENATOR
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Dear (Elected Officials Name)

I am writing today because I am very concerned about the possibility of the Medicaid Waiver Program being put under an HMO.  I am directly affected by this change and want you to understand the consequences of this decision.

I am concerned with the fact that choices of services, choices of providers, and reduction in services would be consequences of your decision.  Right now, the Medicaid Waiver program meets the needs of my family member.

People with disabilities rely on support coordinators to advocate for them for services.  Should an HMO take over Medicaid Waiver, my support coordinator would no longer be able to assist with this valuable part in the care of my family member.   To think that I would have to call an 800 number and talk with a different person each time we had a need or question is beyond my comprehension!

I ask that you please consider allowing the Medicaid Waiver program to exist as it is today and give the systems in place time to prove to you that the waiver budget can be managed effectively while still meeting the needs of many very fragile members of our community.

Sincerely,


        LETTER TO MW CONSUMERS and FAMILIES
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*Dear APD Medicaid Waiver Consumers and Families:

During the next several months, the politicians in Florida will have to make important decisions to try to reduce the debt for the State. They are considering changing the services you or your family member now receives through the Medicaid Waiver program.

I wanted to make sure that you know about these possible changes and how they might affect you. Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) Medicaid Waiver program that you receive your services from, might be turned over to a large insurance company (HMO). If this happens, this is how it could affect you in a major way.

Choices of Services May Be Limited Certain services such as respite, companion and in home supports may not be offered anymore.

Support Coordination would be eliminated and replaced by the HMO 1 800#.

You would no longer receive individualized attention or an advocate fighting for you since the HMO case management replacement would have a conflict of interest. Their goal is to maximize their revenue / profits at the expense of reducing or eliminating services to you.

Choices of Providers May Be Limited There may be only one or two providers to choose from and they may be in another city or county.

Reduction of Services You might find yourself receiving less services than you currently have. This also would include a reduction in the quality of services since providers that the HMO would employ would likely receive rate cuts preventing them from offering the same level of supports.

You Would Have to Deal Directly with the Insurance Company For Services There would be no one to help you get the services you need since you no longer would have a support coordinator. Instead the HMO would require you to call an 800 number and you would probably talk to a different person each time you called.

I am very concerned about how this change will affect you and your family. If you would like to let the politicians know how you feel, here are some things you can do:

1) Call or visit your local politicians and tell them you are not in favor of this change.

Go to the below website if you are not sure who your elected official is. Request a meeting with the new President of the Senate (Mike Haridopolis). He and the new speaker of House (Dean Cannon) both strongly favor the change to HMOs.

2) Write a letter to your politician. A sample is on the website called Florida United For Choice at www.floridaunitedforchoice.com. Additional information is located at this website as well.

3) Tell your friends and family members so they can call and write letters too.

Your voice is very important! If this grassroots effort gets thousands of you involved, then the powerful HMOs and politicians may reconsider this misguided change to your services. The fate of the Home and Community Based Medicaid Waiver (DD/HCBS waiver) lies in YOUR hands. Now is the time to get involved! Thanks for your help.

Sincerely,

Florida United For Choice Team

                              LETTER TO WSC
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-FLORIDA UNITED FOR CHOICE

www.floridaunitedforchoice.com

*We are fundamentally opposed to the aspect of Medicaid Reform that entrusts the coordination and care of the developmentally disabled

of Florida to Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO's).

 

"Dear fellow Waiver Support Coordinators,

I hope you are aware of the pending HMO legislative change to the APD program coming up this next session. It will eliminate support coordination and reduce service choices, reduce quality and quantity of services provided.  The HMO proposed bill actually passed in the state house in a record 7 days this past session.  The money that the HMOs claim it would save would have gone to HMO profits!  Now how does that save the state money?  If you have not been made aware of this upcoming legislative change to the APD program, go to the new website www.floridaunitedforchoice.com for additional information.  The website also has sample letters your consumers and families can use to contact their state representative or senator.  This change would likely drastically affect all APD providers as well as reduce the APD employee workforce since the new HMO structure would be more or less in charge.
 

Attached to this email is the Legislative Talking Points which Florida United for Choice has developed for use with legislatures and interested parties. We encourage you to use this as you meet with your legislators. We've spent a great deal of time and effort developing them and they have been honed after meeting with lobbyists, legislators, and every key player we could get to.
 

Support Coordination would be eliminated and replaced by the HMO 1 800# or some other inefficient HMO model.  Your consumers would no longer receive individualized attention or an advocate fighting for them since the HMO case management replacement would have an inherent conflict of interest. Their goal is to maximize their revenue / profits at the expense of reducing or eliminating services to the MW consumer.
 

It is imperative that you contact the Senators and Representatives in your area and press them on the points in the Talking Points.  Now is the time to be contacting everyone on your caseload (recipients and families alike) as well as any interested party you can get to. Pass the Talking points along to them--they explain the issues very well. Have them write letters and/or call the legislators and start the push back now. Make it easy for your folks and locate the legislators in your area, their addresses and their contact information and pass that along--people are more likely to take action this way. If you are not sure who to contact, the above website has a link to the State House of Representatives which can identify what representative to contact. It won't always be easy dealing with these politicians (some of them have clearly forgotten who they work for-- incoming Senate president Senator Harridopolis, and incoming Speaker of the House Dean Cannon both favor the sale of developmental disability services to HMO's). If every support coordinator could inform all the people on their caseload, then we would have nearly 31,000 calls or visits to representatives and senators that would be difficult to ignore.
 

After this stage, all that is really left is to hold signs and protest. So let's get some push-back going with a LOT of voices NOW. "  Thanks for educating your consumers about the HMOs and getting involved!
 

Sincerely,

 

Florida United For Choice Team

         

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