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

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

Advocacy

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2016 FCOA Legislative Agenda

2016 Aging Programs - Proposed House and Senate Budgets 1/28/16

2016 FCOA Advocacy Brochure - Click Here to View

2016 Legislative Guide - Your Quick Guide to Health & Appropriations Committees

2016 FCOA Priorities

FCOA supports the LIHEAP/EHEAP Programs and the use of the lawful Federal allocation formula (can increase funding to Florida by 54%).  Florida's Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP) helps low-income households, with at least one person age 60 and older, when the households are experiencing a home energy emergency and are unable to pay their bill. Households can receive this type financial assistance a maximum of twice a year – once during the heating season (October - March) and again during the cooling season (April - September). Eligibility for this program is determined by a local community agency designated by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

FCOA supports a continuation of the current year $1.3 million for Aging & Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to continue their eligibility and enrollment assistance provided to seniors and adults with disabilities seeking assistance under the Statewide Medicaid Managed Long Term Care Program.

FCOA supports the Florida Department of Elder Affairs legislative budget request of $250,000 to fund a study/assessment of the 24 year old Client Information and Registration Tracking System (CIRTS). CIRTS is the database for client, program and service information. Data entry requirements are based on federal and state mandates. The following programs require client data to be collected for reporting purposes: Older Americans Act (OAA); Community Care for the Elderly (CCE); Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI); Local Services Programs (LSP); Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP); and Home Care for the Elderly (HCE). All providers who receive funding under the above programs must use CIRTS. 

Healthy Food Financing Initiative - HB153.  Healthy Food Financing Initiative establishes a program to provide financing to retailers to construct, rehabilitate, or expand grocery stores in underserved communities in low & moderate income areas.  The Bill will require retailer expansion to include fresh fruits, vegetables and meats.  This Bill can address food insecurity issues among all populations including elders. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUOgfAOs424

FCOA supports the Care Planning Act of 2015 (Federal).  The Care Planning Act creates a new Medicare benefit called Planning Services for those with advanced illness, allowing for a team-based approach of care planning discussions with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. It also creates a pilot program for Advanced Illness Coordination Services to allow for home-based support of patients with multiple and complex chronic conditions.

FCOA supports the Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (Federal).  The Older Americans Act (OAA), originally enacted in 1965, supports a range of home and community-based services, such as meals-on-wheels and other nutrition programs, in-home services, transportation, legal services, elder abuse prevention and caregivers support.  OAA is up for reauthorization in 2015.  OAA reauthorization passed the Senate on 7/16/15 and was referred to the House of Representatives.  The House has taken no action on OAA since 7/20/15.

The FCOA Advocacy Committee is watching and researching many issues that may impact Florida's older adult population.  If you have an issue or legislation you would like FCOA to support, you can email it to FCOA using the form below.

Submit your 2016 Legislative Priority Requests

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Alz and Elder Related Funding Chart - Over last 5 years

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How Does the State Budget Development Process Work?

Executive Office of the Governor & Agencies 2015 Handbook

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Department of Elder Affairs - Waitlist Reports for Services

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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, Senator Joe Negron and Representative Hudson
2014 President Don Gaetz, Senator Denise Grimsley and Representative Kathleen Passidomo
2015 No award given

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/

Past Advocacy Brochures

FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2015

FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2014

FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2013