Posts Tagged ‘HB 4031’

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…)

Quarterly Report Reform Bill Clears Legislative Committees

April 18, 2013

This morning, HCAF’s quarterly report reform bill unanimously passed its final committee stop in the Florida Legislature. The bill now proceeds to the floor of the Senate and House of Representatives, its two final stops before going to Gov. Rick Scott for signature. If passed into law, the bill will reduce the quarterly report fine from $5,000 to $200 per day up to $5,000 per quarter and exempt private duty agencies.

Now is the time to get your lawmakers’ support for this critical bill! Click here to send your lawmakers an email encouraging their support.

Week 6 Legislative Session Update: A Good Week for Home Care

April 11, 2013

250px-TallahasseeOldNewCapitals3The sixth week of the Florida Legislative Session is coming to a close with some positive updates for the home care industry.

First, the home health quarterly report bill unanimously passed the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, its third of five committee stops, getting the bill even closer to becoming law. If enacted, the quarterly report fine would be reduced from $5,000 to $200 per day up to $5,000 per quarter, and exempt private duty providers from filing the report all together. Click here to send a message to Florida lawmakers urging them to support the quarterly report reform legislation!

In addition to the quarterly report bill, the Senate unanimously passed a $74.3 billion budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year and includes a 10% increase for Medicaid home health visits and private duty nursing visits provided by a licensed practical nurse. HCAF is seeking a 50% increase for the Medicaid home health visits provided by a registered nurse and LPNs, as well as a 15% increase for PDN visits provided by an LPN. Now that the Senate has passed its budget, the House will follow suit and both chambers will meet to negotiate the final spending plan. HCAF will continue its lobbying efforts to achieve a 50% increase for home health visits and 15% for PDN visits.

Quarterly Report Bill Passes House Subcommittee

March 28, 2013

4526Today HCAF’s home health quarterly report reform bill unanimously passed its first of three committee stops in the Florida House of Representatives. The bill seeks to reduce the fine for late reports from $5,000 to $200 per day up to $5,000 per quarter and exempt licensed-only (private duty) providers. (more…)