Florida’s Advocate for Long Term Care
Providers and the Elders They Serve

Press Releases

Statement from Emmett Reed on Hurricane Irma Anniversary

“Last year’s tragedy during Hurricane Irma has served as an immeasurable motivator for our member nursing centers and assisted living facilities to remain prepared to keep our more than 70,000 residents safe throughout the current and future storm seasons. Compliance with regulations to keep residents safe is a responsibility our member centers have and always will take seriously. At the…

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Strength Through the Storm

Throughout the duration of Hurricane Irma, FHCA members performed over 60 successful evacuations, while more than 500 other centers successfully sheltered their residents in place.

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CRC Temporarily Postpones Proposal 88

“Florida Health Care Association wants to thank Commissioner Brecht Heuchan and the entire Constitution Revision Commission for withdrawing Proposal 88. We believe the Legislature is the proper place for these types of discussions and look forward to working together with Florida lawmakers, regulators and other stakeholders on policies that prioritize resident care.”

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FHCA Statement on Governor Signing Budget

FHCA appreciates the Governor for signing a budget that makes the quality care of our frailest elders a priority. Florida is a national leader in providing long term care services and supports to its senior population.  On behalf of the thousands of long term caregivers working in our member centers, we commend Governor Scott for signing a budget that ensure…

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FHCA Applauds Legislature for Increased Funding for Nursing Center Care

“FHCA applauds the Legislature for making the quality care of our frailest elders a priority. We want to especially thank Senate President Joe Negron, who has long been a champion for nursing home residents.  Under his leadership, this year’s budget includes almost $130 million in increased Medicaid funding for nursing homes. With those added dollars, facilities will have more resources…

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FHCA Statement on Legislature Passage of Nursing Home Generator Rule

“FHCA applauds Florida lawmakers for passing legislation that prioritizes the care and comfort of the residents in our state’s nursing homes. The Legislature’s ratification of the nursing home generator rule is another important step to ensuring Florida remains a leader when it comes to taking care of our seniors, especially during disasters.

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HB 1369 is Ill-Advised Bill That Would Take Resources Away from Resident Care

“We’re disappointed the House Civil Justice Subcommittee passed this ill-advised bill, which would take away much-needed resources to continue enhancing care for our residents. Nursing home caregivers are being asked to do more with less, yet even so they continue making advancements in quality that are among the best in the nation. The subcommittee heard providers today talk about the…

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Federal Gov’t Shutdown: Survey and Certification Activities

In the wake of the federal government shutdown, we have received member inquiries regarding how this will affect nursing home surveys.

FHCA queried Kim Smoak, Chief of Field Operations at the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), who responded that, “At this time we have been instructed to follow guidance from the 2013 shutdown (see CMS S&C 14-02-ALL), which means…

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CRC Proposal 88 Ignores Quality Improvements, Will Increase Lawsuits

In today’s hearing, a committee of the Constitution Revision Commission approved the misguided Proposal 88. The proposal claims to strengthen the rights of long term care residents throughout Florida, but in reality it is nothing more than an avaricious ploy by trial lawyers to profit from increased lawsuits against nursing centers.

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CRC Proposal 88 is Wrong for Constitution

In a statement today about presentations on Proposal 88, Emmett Reed said, “A committee of the Constitution Revision Commission will meet today to discuss a truly bad proposal, one that is bad on its face and most certainly does not belong in the Florida Constitution. I hope the information members receive during this discussion makes it clear just how much…

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