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2016 FCOA Legislative Agenda
2016 Aging Programs - Proposed House and Senate Budgets 1/28/16
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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
Alz and Elder Related Funding Chart - Over last 5 years
Department of Elder Affairs - Waitlist Reports for Services
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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
Integrated LTC Information & Resource Links
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