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Individuals with Disabilities and the Fight for Funding in Baton Rouge...

As thousands continue to wait for a NOW slot...

      It's a yearly mission from Shreveport to the state capital for Duane Ebarb and the group Louisiana Citizens for Action Now. The fight is for increased funding through New Opportunity Waivers. 

"I get to make my own decisions on what I want to do. I live independently. If I want a job I can get one," Ebarb said. 

It's a bittersweet journey, last year law makers approved 200 new slots, but then Governor Jindal inadvertently cut them when he removed $4 million from the DHH budget. 

However this year in his plan, $26 million is set aside to expand waivers, adding 200 more. The new budget also allows DHH to begin filling more than 2,000 frozen slots. 

"This means a lot to me because without the waivers I feel that so many people would just be held captive in their beds," Rep. Henry Burns said. 
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