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‘There’s a Waiting List for Everything’

Jeanette Rivera of Coral Springs was already struggling with breast cancer when her mother had a stroke, leaving her unable to care for Jeanette’s father, who has Parkinson’s disease. Rivera tried to get home-care services that would enable the older couple to remain in their condo, but found a long waiting list.

So, as the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports, Rivera took them into her own home. A caseworker suggested that she sign them up for Meals on Wheels so they could be fed while Rivera undergoes cancer treatment, but there again she ran into a waiting list.

She’s one of many Americans who are beginning to feel the pinch of the “sequester,” the automatic cuts that kicked in months ago after Congressional inaction. The Sun-Sentinel reports that Florida lost $5.6 million in Older American's Act funding, including $3.5 million from home-delivered meals or hot lunch sites.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.