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    FCOA Advocacy Brochure for the 2018 Legislative Session

    3/8/18 - The Legislative Budget Conference Committee has concluded its work this morning.  The attached spreadsheet contains the final budget conference decisions.  Despite a very, very difficult budget situation, made more complex by the Parkland school shooting tragedy and the subsequent $400+ million in budget items funded to improve school safety, a Medicaid program deficit, a decline in corporate tax revenues (General Revenue), and hurricane recovery, our flagship programs, Community Care for the Elderly, Home Care for the Elderly, and Alzheimer’s Respite Care Programs were spared of any cuts and aggregately, were increased by OVER $2 million in Recurring State General Revenue, marking the 8th straight year of INCREASES received for programs administered by the Aging Network!

    We will share more information with you after the budget is printed and distributed to Legislators for the 72 hour cooling off period and anticipated Sunday final vote on the budget.  




    On January 23, 2018 the House Health Care Appropriations Committee released their proposed budget (click to view) for Aging Programs.

    On January 24, 2018 the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee released their proposed budget (click to view) for Aging Programs (starts on page 84).


         Department of Elder Affairs - Waitlist Reports for Services

    December 2016  January 2017 February 2017  March 2017
    April 2017 May 2017 June 2017  July 2017 
    August 2017  September 2017  October 2017 November 2017
    December 2017 January 2018 February 2018  


    House and Senate FINAL Conference Report FY 2017-18

    2018 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 PACE programming and associated funding.  The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) targets individuals who would otherwise qualify for Medicaid nursing home placement and provides them with a comprehensive array of home and community-based services at a cost less than nursing home care. Individuals who choose to enroll in PACE have both their medical and long-term care needs managed through a single provider. Learn more.

    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.

    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.

    Who is My State 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:

    How to Track the Progress of a Bill 
    To track the progress of a bill, go to Online Sunshine at:  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.


    How to Contact Your Elected Officials

    Learn how to get in touch with your federal, state, and local elected leaders.  HERE


    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 & 2016 - No award given
    2017 - Representative Erin Grall


    Past Advocacy Brochures

    FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2017

    FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2016

    FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2015

    FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2014

    FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2013