W E L C O M E TO F L O R I D A U N I T E D F O R C H O I C E
*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).
ACTIONS to TAKE
We Are (what we envision ourselves as being):
aren't gping to ask for money from you -no dues other than time
contributions such as emailing,
We are totally in favor of networking with other parties and groups but are not going to be co-opted by
their agenda, Again -we are focused on preventing the surrendering of the entire service system over
to contracted HMO's which would eliminate choice, eliminate adequate oversight, and it would create a
system nearly impossible for a developmentally disabled citizen and/or their family to navigate.
I Organized around a core facilitator group -it was a way of getting started, focused and organized FAST
(in i the last legislative session's 2 week battle for survival) but everyone who is interested in being a
part can and is encouraged to be a member.
We are made up of providers (disabled persons, Waiver Support Coordinator (WSC)'s, Supported
Living coaches, parents, family members of disabled folks, every flavor of provider, and everyone
who is alarmed at the prospect of turning the services and care of disabled Floridians over to profit-
hungry HMO's. You, your friends and relatives, your caseloads, and your email distribution lists -all
that adds up to I VOTING POWER (or what is called in this political business we are now involved in
'Push Back.') We will need to do this together!
Although there are potentially over 31,000 of us, the original seven members in the Leadership / Facilitator Group in Florida United For Choice began this grassroots movement. Our energy and time
have been spent in organizing it and educating the thousands of people that will be drastically impacted
should the huge HMOs take control of Florida's Medicaid Waiver Agency for Persons with Disabilities
program and it's current service delivery system. Our primary email address is listed in the www.links / email section along with the leadership group. We invite you to join us in this noble and worthy cause.
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