Posts Tagged ‘Florida Legislature’

BREAKING: Gov. Scott Vetoes Medicaid Home Health Rate Increases

May 20, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott today vetoed Medicaid rate increases for home health services and private duty nursing services that were included in the final budget proposed by the Florida Legislature. As we reported earlier this month at the adjournment of the annual legislative session, the $74 billion state budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year included 10% rate increases for home health services provided by an RN and LPN, and private duty nursing services provided by an LPN. The cost for the two increases would have been $213,652 and $9,384,984, respectively. We do recognize that Gov. Scott opted to keep the 322-slot expansion of the Nursing Home Diversion Waiver program.

We can only surmise why such a small but much needed increase was not granted. It shows yet still how much work has to be done to convince the powers that be of what should be obvious to all. The cost effectiveness of home care is critical to answering every health care problem that the nation and the state of Florida faces, however we cannot meet those needs unless funding is adequate. We will continue trying to help them realize what they will be forced to accept eventually, which is that health care delivered in the community and in the home is the only way to adequately address the growing health care needs of Floridians.

Legislature Passes Budget, Increases Home Health Reimbursement for First Time Since 1987

May 3, 2013

FL capitolThe 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. (more…)

Quarterly Report Bill Passes Florida Senate 34-0

April 26, 2013

With five days to go in the Florida Legislative Session, HCAF’s bill to reduce the quarterly report fine and exempt private duty providers passed the Senate this morning 34-0. The bill will be voted on in the House of Representatives next week, after which it will go to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature.

Lawmakers are now crafting the budget, so now is the time to contact them to urge their support for increasing reimbursement rates! Click here to take action!

Legislative Session Winding Down: Ask Lawmakers to Support Home Care!

April 18, 2013

The Florida Legislature will adjourn its annual legislative session on May 3, and lawmakers are currently preparing the 2013-14 budget. Medicaid home health reimbursement rates have not increased since 1987, and this is the first year in a handful of years that state revenues are in the black.

HCAF has proposed a 50% increase for Medicaid home health visits and a 15% increase for Medicaid private duty nursing services. The cost to the state is $9,136,110 – no small number, but the savings that home care can provide to the state far exceeds that figure. (more…)

Tampa Mom Brings Medicaid’s Importance Home

March 21, 2013

Medicaid ReformBy Dave Heller, Sunshine State News

Alysia Peddy, a mother from Tampa, is making her voice heard in the debate over Medicaid at the state Capitol.

Peddy considers her family’s medical situation a prime example of why Medicaid is working and should be expanded in Florida.

Her 9-year-old son Pierce requires between 15 and 20 hours of nursing care a day because of a traumatic brain injury.

The family has private insurance. It costs $2,200 a month, but because Pierce’s care is so extensive, and expensive, the private insurance covers only a fraction of the expenses. (more…)

Florida Senate President Announces 2013 Committee Appointments

November 28, 2012

Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Destin) announced today the Florida Senate committee and subcommittee appointments for the upcoming Legislative Session. Four committees will have direct jurisdiction over home care industry issues, including Medicaid spending, licensure and regulations.

HCAF’s legislative goals next spring – reducing the Agency for Health Care Administration’s quarterly report and seeking a Medicaid rate increase – will be considered by these committees.

Does your senator serve on one of these committees? Do you know any of these lawmakers? If so, click here to let HCAF know so we can increase the home care industry’s advocacy effectiveness ahead of the upcoming session! Click here to find out who your senator is in the Florida Senate. (more…)