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FHCA Applauds Governor DeSantis for Signing COVID-19 Liability Protections Into Law

Today, Governor DeSantis signed into law SB 72 (Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg) which provides COVID-19 liability protections for health care providers and general businesses. In a statement, FHCA CEO Emmett Reed thanked the Governor for his unwavering commitment to our long-term care facilities and noted how these much-needed liability protections are an important step forward in our facilities’ ability…

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FHCA Issues Statement in Response to Florida House Cutting Medicaid Funding for Nursing Home Care

“Florida’s nursing home providers are facing a significant economic crisis, caused by the combination of increased costs related to COVID-19 and chronic Medicaid underfunding. While we recognize that the Legislature must make tough decisions this session, we don’t believe the budget should be balanced on the backs of nursing center residents and their frontline caregivers, who have already sacrificed so…

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Bills that Create a Pathway to Careers in Long Term Care Advance

The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on the need for long-term solutions to help nursing centers attract and retain new talent to meet the needs of Florida’s growing elderly population. Today, Florida Health Care Association applauded lawmakers for continuing to advance legislation that would make Personal Care Attendants a permanent part of the long term care workforce.

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Bills that Strengthen Nursing Home Workforce Advance

Florida Health Care Association today applauded legislators in both the Senate and House for advancing legislation to further strengthen the long term care workforce by making permanent the program that allows Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) to work in Florida’s nursing centers. The Senate Health Policy Committee approved SB 1132 by Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville), followed by the House Finance and…

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COVID-19 Liability Protections for Health Care Providers Continues to Advance

Today, applauded legislators for continuing to advance COVID-19 liability protections for health care providers, an action that underscores the need to protect facilities’ resources to support resident care. The Senate Rules Committee merged health care liability protections into SB 72 by Sen. Jeff Brandes (St. Petersburg), which extends protections to general businesses. Today’s vote follows yesterday’s approval by the House…

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FHCA Statement on House COVID-19 Liability Protections for Health Care Providers

Today the House Health & Human Services Committee passed proposed committee bill (HHS 21-01) that extends liability protections to health care providers. FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed said, “Our health care heroes are deserving of the liability protections that will ensure precious resources – both human and financial – remain where they should be: caring for Florida’s elderly population.”

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Florida Nursing Centers Ask Legislators to Support Workforce Initiatives Amid Pandemic

Florida’s nursing centers were already facing a workforce shortage prior to COVID, and the pandemic has only exacerbated this crisis. These healthcare heroes on the frontline have taken on countless hours of overtime and double shifts to make up for widespread shortages. As a first step to address this crisis, FHCA is advocating this legislative session to make the Personal…

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