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FHCA Applauds Legislature for Passing Legislation to Make Personal Care Attendants a Permanent Part of the LTC Workforce

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Florida Health Care Association applauded Florida lawmakers for passing legislation that will make Personal Care Attendants a permanent part of Florida's long term care workforce. The Florida Senate’s passage of HB 485 by Rep. Garrison, R-Orange Park/ Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Jacksonville sends the bill to Governor DeSantis for his signature.

In a statement, FHCA Chief Executive Officer Emmett Reed said, “The Personal Care Attendant Program has been a win-win for Florida, addressing critical staff shortages at our state’s nursing centers and helping out-of-work Floridians find new career opportunities in a rewarding field. We are grateful to the Legislature for recognizing the positive impact that PCAs have already been making in our nursing centers, adding essential staff who are helping to meet the needs of the residents entrusted to our care. We are especially thankful to Senator Bean and Representative Garrison for championing this issue to make Personal Care Attendants a permanent part of the workforce. Our nursing centers have vacancies to fill, and this program will help support those recruitment efforts and expand the pool of front-line caregivers who perform heroic work every day caring for our growing aging population.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2021

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