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FHCA Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on CMS Vaccine Mandate

FHCA has always encouraged our members to continue working toward vaccinating as many residents and staff as possible. However, long term care is experiencing a historic labor crisis. We are extremely concerned that the court’s decision to allow the CMS mandate to go forward will cause nursing homes to lose even more staff at a time when we are grappling…

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Florida Health Care Association Announces 2022 Legislative Priorities

The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) today released its priorities for the legislative session that begins tomorrow, with a focus on ensuring that Florida’s elders have access to high-quality care. As the state’s nursing centers continue their fight against COVID-19 amid staffing and financial challenges, FHCA is advocating for solutions that will help facilities continue to meet the needs of…

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FHCA Applauds Governor DeSantis for Increasing Medicaid Funding for Nursing Center Residents in Freedom First Budget

FHCA appreciates Governor DeSantis for recognizing the need to increase Medicaid funding for Florida’s nursing center residents. Meaningful investments in our state’s nursing centers will help address the workforce challenges that providers are facing. The Governor’s recommended budget is an important first step toward ensuring these care centers have the resources needed to be competitive employers and offer higher wages…

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FHCA Updates House Panel on Long Term Care Facilities’ Worsening Workforce and Economic Crisis

Emmett Reed, CEO of the Florida Health Care Association, told the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee that, almost two years into the pandemic, chronic staffing shortages, ongoing costs to fight COVID-19, and stagnant occupancy levels are taking a significant financial toll on long term care facilities and threatening access to care for Florida’s most vulnerable long-term and post-acute care patients.

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

Florida Health Care Association applauded Governor DeSantis, legislators and the Agency for Health Care Administration after the Joint Legislative Budget Commission today approved $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.

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Health Care Workforce Coalition Proposes Solutions to Staffing Crisis

Florida can emerge from its ongoing health care workforce crisis by providing financial assistance for potential and current caregivers, developing training and education opportunities, and streamlining pathways for professionals to build careers in health care. Those are among the key recommendations issued today by a coalition of care-providing professions working tirelessly to serve the public amid the unprecedented challenges of…

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Staff Shortages, Cost Increases Threaten Access to Resident Care

While Florida’s nursing centers have recently seen steep declines in COVID-19 cases among residents, those care centers are facing significantly worsening workforce challenges and financial burdens, the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) told members of the Florida House Health and Human Services Committee today.

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FHCA Updates Legislature on Continued Workforce, COVID-19 Challenges in Long Term Care Centers

COVID-19 cases have sharply declined in Florida’s skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities, but those facilities continue to experience significant workforce challenges that existed before the pandemic but have only worsened over the past year and a half, the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) told members of the Florida Senate’s Health Policy Committee this week.

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FHCA Welcomes Susan E. Anderson as Director of Government Affairs

FHCA is pleased to announce that public policy expert Susan E. Anderson has joined the team as Director of Government Affairs. Susan will work under the direction of Senior Director of Government Affairs/Chief Lobbyist Toby Philpot and will assist with advancing the Association’s legislative agenda. She’ll also support members with regulatory compliance and liaison with the agencies providing state and…

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FHCA Statement in Response to AARP COVID-19 Dashboard

Florida’s nursing centers have put forth tremendous efforts to keep both their residents and staff safe since the beginning of the pandemic, and they continue to do so. It’s easy for AARP and others to look on from afar – with no direct involvement in the day-to-day operations of a nursing center – and cast judgment. Perhaps instead of producing…

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