Scott Promises Funding for Nursing Homes

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Scott promised adequate funding for nursing homes at a conference for providers of elderly care, but protesters criticized his opposition to President Obama's health care overhaul and his refusal to enforce some of its provisions.

The Florida governor spoke for five minutes Wednesday to more than 700 attendees at the Florida Home Care Association's annual conference.

Scott avoided about two dozen protesters who stood outside the Hilton Orlando in a downpour of rain.

Some, like Tampa resident Karen Clay, were upset about recent cuts to Medicaid funding.

Clay says her son's benefits have been cut from $2,000 to $600 a week.

Her 31-year-old son, Michael Phillips, was born with a neuromuscular disease and needs a ventilator to breath.


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