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  • November 14, 2017 2:26 PM | Susan Kaplan (Administrator)

    Governor Scott released his Budget Recommendations late this morning.

    The following increases are in his recommended budget for Department of Elder Affairs:

    Program                                                                    Proposed Increase

    Community Care for the Elderly                                        $5,000,000

    Home Care for the Elderly                                                  $1,000,000

    Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (Respite)                             $3,000,000

    Aging & Disability Centers (Medicaid eligibility)                $  876,464

    Replace Client Information System (CIRTS)                       $2,650,000

    There are no cuts to recurring General Revenue funding for Local Service Programs (LSP).

    The full budget can be viewed here: http://fightingforfloridasfuturebudget.com/web forms/Budget/BudgetAgency.aspx  

    The Florida Council on Aging is advocating on behalf of the above home and community base programs during the 2018 Legislative Session.  FCOA is requesting $12.4 million in General Revenue funding to serve 1,788 of the MOST frail seniors on the Department of Elder Affairs Waiting List for the Community Care and Home Care for the Elderly and Alzheimer’s Respite Care Programs

     -- $5,503,464 to serve 684 persons on the waiting list for Community Care for the Elderly

    -- $4,161,688 to serve 346 seniors on the waiting list for Alzheimer’s Respite Care

    -- $2,765,942 to serve 758 seniors and caregivers on the waiting list for Home Care for the Elderly

    --No cuts to the Local Service Programs (LSP) budget

    If you have questions, please contact Kelly Wilson, PFA Legislative Chair at 561- 373-3888.


  • July 14, 2017 11:45 AM | Susan Kaplan (Administrator)

    If or when the GOP introduces its healthcare plan, you should understand what is at stake.

    http://www.mcknights.com/daily-editors-notes/increasing-understanding-of-medicaid/article/674625/

  • July 11, 2017 3:19 PM | Susan Kaplan (Administrator)

    Governor Scott has been vocal in his opposition to the current health care law, and has made several trips to Washington, D.C. to talk with federal lawmakers about repealing and replacing the law.

    Click to learn more here: http://floridapolitics.com/archives/241265-rick-scott-gop-efforts-repeal-replace-obamacare-cant-stop

  • April 14, 2017 4:00 PM | Susan Kaplan (Administrator)

    Florida wants to take away the safety net for the vulnerable......  http://www.healthyfla.org/single-post/2017/04/13/Medicaid-Matching-Grants-Block-Grants-Per-Capita-Cap-What-does-it-all-mean

  • April 14, 2017 3:59 PM | Susan Kaplan (Administrator)

    The money to finance Florida’s Low Income Pool will reimburse hospitals that provide charity care. Scott said, "The infusion would truly improve the quality and access to health care for our most vulnerable populations.” http://floridapolitics.com/archives/236007-trump-lip

  • April 04, 2017 3:19 PM | Susan Kaplan (Administrator)

    The senior housing market is growing statewide and nationally by great leaps and bounds. Protections have been eliminated and placements are being made based on financial contracts rather than compassion and appropriateness of setting.

    See what PFA's Legislative Chair Kelly Wilson has to share about senior referral providers who act as brokers making transactions involving older adults with the sole intent of receiving payment have reeled in big profits. These brokers advertise a free service to consumers and are generously rewarded for a move into a community within their fee-for-referral network.

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/opinion/commentary-are-florida-seniors-for-sale/55LvhqmsJxxCQ14bU1oRMM/


  • March 11, 2017 4:47 PM | Susan Kaplan (Administrator)

    If you are a senior on Medicare, and you stay at a hospital under “observation status,” Medicare may not cover some benefits — including post-hospital rehabilitation care in a nursing home — if a hospitalized patient is classified as being under observation vs. being admitted as an inpatient. Click the link to learn more: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/fl-medicare-hospital-observation-stays-limit-coverage-20170214-story.html


  • March 10, 2017 10:50 AM | Susan Kaplan (Administrator)

    Many Americans over the age of 60 would have to pay more for health insurance under the Republican health care plan. Many disabled people, among others, would no longer receive treatments that they do now.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/opinion/follow-the-health-care-money.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=1

  • March 10, 2017 10:47 AM | Susan Kaplan (Administrator)

    The Save My Care Bus Tour is a two-month, nationwide tour focused on telling the stories of Americans who could be affected by a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and changes to Medicaid. So far, the bus has held 39 events in 18 states.

    http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/save-my-care-bus-tour-participants-speak-against-medicaid-block-grants#stream/0

  • March 03, 2017 11:22 AM | Susan Kaplan (Administrator)

    Potential changes to the federal healthcare system are making Florida hospitals nervous. Tony Carvalho, president of the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, said the state already receives less money than it needs to care for uninsured patients. He said the problem will get worse if Congress limits federal funding for Medicaid by making it into a block grant.

    “We are very concerned about locking into an inequitable level of funding that may hurt the state for decades to come because once they are set, it’s very difficult to change," he said.

    http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/florida-hospitals-worry-about-low-income-funding#stream/0


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