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    Governor Rick Scott’s policy & budget recommendations for fiscal year 2017-18

    Governor Scott has proposed a $7,122,437 INCREASE for Community Care for the Elderly and $3 million INCREASE for Alzheimer's Respite Care in his 2017-18 budget recommendationsBudget Highlights - Budget FAQ

    The Senate has proposed:

    • Community Care for the Elderly (CCE): $3 million increase
    • Home Care for the Elderly (HCE): $1 million increase
    • Alzheimer's Disease Initiative Respite (ADI): $3 million increase
    • Aging and Disability Resource Centers: Funding allocation of $352,174
    • Rate Increase for Specialized Alzheimer’s Day Care Centers: $3 million
    • Projects: We reported that a number of projects were recommended to be cut by the Senate HHS Appropriations Committee.  See chart below for side-by-side compare with the House.

     

    The House has proposed:

    • Community Care for the Elderly (CCE): $4 million increase
    • Home Care for the Elderly (HCE): $3 million increase
    • Alzheimer's Disease Initiative Respite (ADI): $3 million increase
    • Aging and Disability Resource Centers: Funding allocation of $352,174
    • Projects: There are a number of projects that have been recommended to be cut by this Committee.  The Committee also has recommended that some of the projects be funded this year, but with nonrecurring dollars.  See the chart below for side-by-side compare with the House.

     

    House and Senate Budget Proposals Side-by-Side (Click to view pdf)

    How Does the State Budget Development Process Work?

         Department of Elder Affairs - Waitlist Reports for Services

    August 2016 September 2016 October 2016 November 2016
    December 2016  January 2017 February 2017  March 2017

     

    2017 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. Click here to view FCOA's Resolution to Support LIHEAP and here to view LIHEAP Fact Sheet

    #saveLIHEAP - Click here to view more information about LIHEAP, the FY18 Budget process, and for ways you can help right now

    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 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.

    Submit your 2017 Legislative Priority Requests


    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 & 2016 - No award given

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    Past Advocacy Brochures

    FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2016

    FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2015

    FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2014

    FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2013