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FHCA Applauds Governor, Legislature and AHCA for Giving Florida’s Nursing Centers Short-Term Funding Boost

Joint Legislative Budget Commission Approves $99.5 Million in Temporary Medicaid Funding

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Florida Health Care Association released the following statement today following the Joint Legislative Budget Commission's approval of $99.5 million in short-term financial relief for Florida nursing centers. Funding will be distributed to centers through temporary increased Medicaid reimbursement rates over a three-month period.

The following statement is attributable to Emmett Reed, Chief Executive Officer of FHCA:

“We want to thank Governor DeSantis, Senate President Simpson, House Speaker Sprowls, Senator Kelli Stargel, Representative Jay Trumbull and their colleagues, as well as Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Simone Marstiller, for recognizing the tremendous strain the pandemic has put on Florida's nursing centers. Financial challenges have made it increasingly difficult for providers to sufficiently invest in their workforce and support our health care heroes. This much-needed Medicaid funding will help Florida's nursing centers begin to emerge from this double-edged workforce and economic crisis so they can continue providing the highest quality of care possible to those they serve.”

“Allowing providers the means to offer competitive wages so they can attract and retain employees is a significant step in ensuring that Florida's long term caregivers are supported and that our seniors have access to the quality long term care they expect and deserve.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2021

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Kristen Knapp, APR
850-510-4389 or kknapp@fhca.org