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NAHC Report: Issue# 2251, 8/9/2013
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US Sues Florida for Institutionalizing Children: Suit Reveals Home and Community-Based Services Deficiency
A Legislative Update on the House of Representatives Rebasing Sign-on Letter
For Your Information: NAHC’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and NAHC’s President Urge Members and Public to Vote Now for the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year
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US Sues Florida for Institutionalizing Children: Suit Reveals Home and Community-Based Services Deficiency

On July 22, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit (the Complaint) against the State of Florida in the United States District Court, alleging the state violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by placing nearly 200 disabled children (the Children) in nursing homes, when less restrictive home and community based services (HCBS) would have been more appropriate. 

The Complaint accused Florida of limiting HCBS options for the Children by “1) enacting policies and engaging in practices that have resulted in the denial or reduction of medically necessary services; 2) failing to provide sufficient reimbursement rates for in-home nursing services; 3) failing to ensure sufficient capacity in its HCBS waiver programs; and 4) failing to ensure there is sufficient capacity in non-institutional, out-of-home settings that are able to service children with significant medical needs.” 

The Complaint alleges an increasing trend of institutionalization among Florida’s disabled children, the consequences of such institutionalization, as well as underlying factors explaining the increased institutionalization and decreased utilization of HCBS in this population.

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NAHC’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and NAHC’s President Urge Members and Public to Vote Now for the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year

Andrea Devoti, Chair of NAHC’s Board of Directors and Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC’s President both issues videos urging NAHC members and the public to vote for their choice for Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year.

To view the videos, please click here.

The winner will be announced and honored at NAHC’s Annual Meeting, which is being held this year in Washington, DC between October 31 and November 3.

To read more about the candidates and vote for Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year, please click here.

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A Legislative Update on the House of Representatives Rebasing Sign-on Letter/strong>

So far the following offices have signed on the bipartisan House rebasing letter: 

  • David McKinley (R-WV)
  • Doris Matsui (D-CA)
  • David Price (R-GA)
  • Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
  • Todd Young (R-IN)
  • Walter Jones (R-NC)
  • Greg Walden (R-OR)
  • Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
  • Todd Rokita (R-IN)
  • Dan Benishek (R-MI)
  • Jim Gerlach (R-PA)
  • Bill Young (R-FL)
  • Bob Gibbs (R-OH)
  • Ron Kind (D-WI)
  • Morgan Griffith (R-VA)
  • Trey Radel (R-FL)
  • Michael Burgess (R-TX)
  • Jim McGovern (D-MA)
  • Bill Shuster (R-PA)

Congratulations to home care advocates in all of the states where one or more members of the congressional delegation has signed onto the rebasing letter. 

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