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Florida Health Care Association Applauds Governor for Making Personal Care Attendants a Permanent Part of the Long Term Care Workforce

In the face of significant workforce shortages in long term care, the Florida Health Care Association applauds Governor Ron DeSantis for signing legislation that makes the Personal Care Attendant program a permanent part of Florida’s long term care workforce solution. The Governor today signed House Bill 485, sponsored by Senator Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville) and Representative Sam Garrison (R-Orange Park), establishing…

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FHCA Applauds Legislature for Fully Funding Nursing Home Care in State Budget

“FHCA appreciates the Legislature for fully funding the nursing home Medicaid budget and supporting Florida’s nursing centers, which have been on the frontline of the COVID-19 public health emergency for over a year. Our nursing centers remain focused on doing their part to put an end to this pandemic, and proper funding ensures they have the critical resources that are…

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

Today, FHCA applauded Florida lawmakers for passing legislation that will make Personal Care Attendants a permanent part of Florida’s long term care workforce. “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.”

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FHCA Launches Website to Address Long Term Care Workforce Needs

FHCA has launched, a new website to help job seekers find career opportunities in Florida’s long term and post-acute care profession. The site features a wealth of resources, including state-specific education requirements, salaries and career-focused videos by caregivers, developed to inspire high-school students, early career professionals and job seekers looking for new opportunities to pursue a career in the…

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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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