The Florida Legislature adjourned today by passing a $74.2 billion budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which runs July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. Major components of the state’s largest ever budget includes raises up to $3,500 for public school teachers, money for Florida Forever’s land-conservation program and to protect the state’s springs, increased funding for public universities and state colleges, as well as the first Medicaid home health reimbursement rate increase in 26 years.
The budget includes a 10% increase for both Medicaid private duty nursing services provided by an LPN and for traditional Medicaid home health visits provided by an RN and LPN. The Nursing Home Diversion Waiver was also expanded by an additional 322 slots. In total, the state invested an additional $12 million into home and community based services through these increases.
Earlier this week, HCAF’s quarterly report reform bill unanimously passed the House and Senate. As a result, effective July 1 the quarterly report fine will be reduced from $5,000 to $200 per day up to $5,000 per quarter and exempt private duty providers from the reporting requirement.
Thank you to all our members who helped make a difference by attending Legislative Day in March and who took action online in support of our industry and the patients you serve. We couldn’t have done it without your efforts!