In 1999, the Olmstead vs. L.C. Supreme Court decision ruled the disabled should have a choice to live outside institutions like nursing homes and mental hospitals.
Yet Florida, with the oldest population in the nation, lags way behind in funding home and community-based alternatives. There are 46 other states, and the District of Columbia, that allot more Medicaid money to non-institutional care. In 2012 the state dedicated about 35 percent of Medicaid funding to long-term care for home and community services — and that was an improvement over 26 percent a decade ago.
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