Attorneys asked a federal judge Friday to grant class-action status to a lawsuit that says the state is unnecessarily institutionalizing about 200 disabled children in nursing homes and cutting services that would allow them to receive care at home.
Florida welfare officials are proposing a bill that targets Medicaid fraud among patients who hide their assets with family and friends to get the taxpayer-funded program to pay for their nursing home care.
Florida officials are violating federal law by unnecessarily warehousing hundreds of children with disabilities and even babies in sterile nursing homes, away from their families and with little social interactions often for years, according to a letter sent Thursday by federal investigators.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge struck a blow Tuesday to advocates for the elderly and disabled, removing class-action status from a lawsuit that had argued Florida illegally forces people into nursing homes when they are capable of living elsewhere.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s ousted nursing home ombudsman will be in court arguing that Gov. Rick Scott forced his resignation in retaliation in violation of laws protecting whistleblowers.