Welcome to iBudget Florida! It's a new and better way for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities to manage the Medicaid waiver system for people with developmental disabilities. iBudget Florida gives APD customers more control and flexibility to choose services that are important to them, while helping the agency to stay within its Medicaid waiver appropriation. Explore this website to find out why iBudget Florida is a simpler, more equitable, self-directed, and sustainable system.
APD Reviewing iBudget Decision
TALLAHASSEE —The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is reviewing the decision this week by the First District Court of Appeal (DCA) which found that the rules used in implementing the iBudget Florida waiver are invalid, thus overturning an earlier decision by the Division of Administrative Hearings.
APD Director Barbara Palmer said, “Our goal is always to protect the health and safety of the individuals we serve. We are evaluating the effects, if any, on APD customers and the financial impact of this decision. We hope to minimize any changes this ruling will require for people served by APD.”
The DCA decision states that all APD customers should receive their iBudget algorithm amount as their cost plan amount. Therefore, APD will need to go through the rulemaking process again to comply with the court’s decision.
About 30,000 APD customers use the iBudget Florida Medicaid waiver to direct and receive Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The HCBS waiver is funded by state and federal tax dollars to help people with developmental disabilities live and participate in their local communities.
iBudget Florida is a new way to deliver Medicaid waiver services. It has been approved by both the Florida Legislature and the federal government. The iBudget waiver provides greater flexibility to choose services that best meet the customers’ needs given their unique situations.
iBudget Florida is designed to make the funding process fair and equitable for all Medicaid waiver customers. It has increased opportunities for customers to direct their own care.
Some other customer benefits of iBudget Florida are:
APD annually serves more than 50,000 Floridians with the developmental disabilities of autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, spina bifida, and Prader-Willi syndrome. For more information on iBudget Florida, visit iBudgetFlorida.org. To learn more about the agency, call 1-866-APD-CARES (1-866-273-2273) or visit APDcares.org.
Below is a cheat list of the items that were discussed in the training. Please make sure that you review this before going into the new system and also in the days following the implementation.
Should you have any questions please refer to the WSC user guide or submit a help desk ticket.
- You will now be able to use multiple browsers including Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, and newer versions of Internet Explorer.
- VPN is going to remain the same.
- Remember that we will no longer have the contact, calendar, provider service, or paid claims tab under the workplace menu. Note: you still need to check paid claims under the provider or consumer information.
- Make sure that you are adding notes for providers on the service plan screen.
- There is no longer one cancel button. You will need to cancel quarters. Note: once the cost plan is moved to current approved, the next business day as long as it comes back canceled approved the funds will be released. You are still able to make amendments as normal.
A new ADT Rates table has been posted on the Users page. To view the updated table, please click this link.
A meeting notice and agenda for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Transition Planning meeting on June 12 has been posted on the Rules and Regs page. To view the notice, please click this link.
A copy of the Notice of Reinstatement concerning the Moreland Settlement has been posted to the Rules and Regs page. To view the document, please click this link.
A powerpoint presentation about the Moreland Settlement has been posted to the Rules and Regs page. To download the presentation please click this link.
A revised version of the notice of the proposed class action settlement of the lawsuit Moreland, et al. v. Palmer has been posted to the Rules and Regs page. To view the notice, visit this link.
A notice of a proposed class action settlement of the lawsuit Moreland, et al. v. Palmer has been posted to the Rules and Regs page. To view the notice, visit this link.
An updated version of the Waiver Provider Rate Tables has been posted to the Users page. To view the document visit this link.
Visit APD's Map of Statewide Offices page to see a map of the state, listing of all counties in each region, and links to detailed contact information for all of APD's offices.