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The Florida Council
on Aging is
committed to serving
Florida's diverse
aging interests
through education,
and advocacy.
FCOA's Core Values

Founded in 1955, the
Florida Council on
Aging is Florida's
only statewide
representing virtually
all aging interests
and many different



NOW ACCEPTING Nominations for the 2014 Advocacy Award

2014 Appropriations Conference Committee on Health
and Human Services

2014 DOEA Advocacy - Guardianship

2014 DOEA Advocacy - Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

2014 DOEA Advocacy - Senior Legal Helpline

NEW - House & Senate Budget Proposals - Aging Programs & Services

2014 Florida Senate and House Committees & Leadership

2014 FCOA Advocacy Brochure - Now Available

Managed Medical Assistance (MMA).  Most individuals enrolled in the Long-term Care portion of the Medicaid program will need to also choose an MMA plan. Below you will find a link to the choice counseling letters, the letter informing stakeholders of the objectives of the roll out, and the color coded envelopes the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is using in the MMA roll out. (Knowing the color of the envelope a person received helps when assisting recipients with questions or issues.)

The MMA choice counseling website and call center are operational.  Recipients and authorized representatives may go online or call to choose an MMA plan for Regions 2, 3, 4, 5, and 8.  AHCA encourages you to go online and to let us know if you have difficulty navigating the site or if you find information that is not accurate.  The choice counseling website is http://www.flmedicaidmanagedcare.com.

Other sources of program information are:
—The Statewide Medicaid Managed Care website at http://ahca.myflorida.com/SMMC .
—Training webinars: The schedule and past webinars are on http://ahca.myflorida.com/SMMC under the News and Events tab.

If you, your members, or recipients are having any issues with the program, please have them report the issue to their local Medicaid office by phone or report it online at http://ahca.myflorida.com/SMMC . Select the Report a Complaint button. If they report online, a Medicaid staff person will call the person reporting the issue to assist in resolving it.

Recipients enrolled in a Long-term Care plan will enroll in an MMA plan as well (or they may choose to enroll in a comprehensive plan that provides both long-term care and medical/behavioral health services).

Medicaid Area Offices Contact Information
Managed Medical Assistance Envelope Colors to Assist Clients


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Interpretation of Rule Could Remove Adult Day Centers from Medicaid Funding

Message from Roy Afflerbach, NADSA Public Policy Advisor:

Please refer to the CMS Rule Talking Points in constructing your letters, emails or telephone conversations regarding “additional guidance” for the CMS new Rule for non-residential HCBS. Use your letterhead (email signature). CMS needs to see that this is a “grassroots” issue. NADSA will send an association letter.

The most important of these points are the first four and the last two. These may be the only ones CMS actually reads. Try to work into your written communication as many of the others as you feel comfortable using in relation to your center and your state.

Please contact key people at CMS who will be deciding the contact of the "additional guidance."  Because time is of essence, I suggest composing your letter and sending it via email with a read receipt attached.  Congress is adjourned for a District Work Week this week (March 17-21). This is the perfect time to email and telephone your Congressional Representatives and Senators in the District offices.

Use these links to locate the contact information for your Congressman:http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ and your Senator: http://www.senate.gov/

With your action we can convert this urgency with CMS into an opportunity to keep the focus on the consumers, their caregivers, families, and workers being served.

Read the rule and related resources:
Easter Seals Letter to CMS Seeking Guidance on Non-Residential HCBS (posted in NADSA member online Library)




DOEA Legislative Budget Request Presentation 11/2013

DOEA Proposed ALF Rule, 10/2013

AHCA/DOEA Medicaid Managed Care Presentation 2/27/13

FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2013

FCOA Advocacy Palm Card - Medicaid and Cost Continuum 2013


Who is My Legislator?
To ascertain your legislators, look at your voter registration card, which shows the numbers of your House and Senate voting districts. Alternatively, you may find this information through the web site of your County Supervisor of Elections, which can be accessed through the following link: http://election.dos.state.fl.us/contact-us/contact-elected-officials.shtml

How to Track the Progress of a Bill
To track the progress of a bill, go to Online Sunshine at: http://www.leg.state.fl.us.Click on the link to the Senate.  At the top of the page, enter the bill number and click on “Go”.  This will bring up a summary of the bill and the current actions taken on it.  From this page you can also access the full version of the bill.


FCOA Advocacy Award Winners
1995 Rep. Lars Hafner
1996 Rep. Mary Brennan
1997 Sen. Bill Bankhead & Rep.Carl Littlefield
1998 No award given
1999 Sen. Ron Silver
2000 Sen. Jack Latvala, Rep. Durell Peaden, & Rep. Nancy Argenziano
2001 Sen. John McKay
2002 Speaker Johnnie B. Byrd
2003 Rep. Carole Green
2004 Sen. Ken Pruitt & Rep. Sandra Murman
2005 Speaker Allan Bense
2006 Representative Eleanor Sobel & Senator Burt Saunders
2007 Senator Jeffrey Atwater, Senator Durell Peaden and Senator Nan Rich
2008 Representative Elaine Schwartz and Juan Zapata
2009 Speaker Larry Cretul, Senator Nan Rich & Representative Tom Anderson
2010 Senator Durell Peadon, Representative Denise Grimsley and Senator Don Gaetz
2011 Senator Mike Fasano and Representative Matt Hudson
2012 Senator Nan Rich, Senator Ronda Storms and Representative Doug Holder
2013 Speaker Will Weatherford, Senator Aaron Bean and Senator Joe Negron

Submit your 2014 Legislative Priority Requests

Integrated LTC Information & Resource Links

The following resource links on "integrated long-term care systems" provide a wealth of information about model projects across the nation, as well as many other resources related to research and development projects and reports related to the continuum of LTC.

Interested in learning more about Assistive Living Facilities & Nursing Home advocacy? Visit www.fhca.org.

Join the Florida State AARP Legislative E-mail Group

The Florida State Chapter of AARP has an Advocate Newsletter available that includes legislative alerts. To sign up for this monthly newsletter, go to http://www.aarp.org/emailnews/


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