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    2019 Advocacy Initiative - Legislative Request

    Provide $9.95 million in General Revenue funding to serve 1,282 of the MOST frail seniors on the Department of Elder Affairs Waiting List for the Community Care and Home Care for the Elderly and Alzheimer’s Respite Care Programs.

    Includes:   

    ~ $7,256,316 to serve 862 persons on the waiting list for Community Care for the Elderly

    ~ $1,491,712 to serve 128 seniors on the waiting list for Alzheimer’s Respite Care

    ~ $1,202,748 to serve 292 seniors and caregivers on the waiting list for Home Care for the Elderly

    ~ Continuation for Local Services Programs (LSP) -- LSP is embedded in the General Revenue in the Older Americans Act Appropriations Category. 

    2019 FCOA Advocacy Brochure

    2019 Legislative Guide (coming soon)

    2019 Legislators by Planning and Service Area (coming soon)

         Department of Elder Affairs - Waitlist Reports for Services

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

     

    2019 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 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  The Older Americans Act (OAA), originally enacted in 1965, supports a range of home and community-based services, such as meals-on-wheels and other nutrition programs, in-home services, transportation, legal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: 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.

    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

    2018 – Representative Byron Donalds

     

    2018 Legislative Session Report

    Governor Rick Scott has signed the Securing Florida’s Future budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Click HERE and HERE for the transmittal letter and details on the budget. To view the veto list, click HERE.

    The Securing Florida's Future budget includes more than $2 million in new funding to serve frail individuals on the Alzheimer's Disease Initiative waiting list and those at greatest risk for nursing home placement on the Community Care for the Elderly and Home Care for the Elderly waiting lists.  This funding will enroll approximately 340 individuals. 

    The Securing Florida's Future budget also includes an additional $3.3 million to serve hot meals to Florida's most vulnerable seniors in congregate and homes settings.

    Here are some highlights:

    Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) - $500,000 increase (recurring)

    Home Care for the Elderly (HCE) - $800,000 increase (recurring) 

    Alzheimer's Projects (ADI) - $750,000 increase (recurring) 

    Replacement of the CIRTS System - $1,294,373

    PACE Expansion - $14,326,990

     

    Past FCOA Advocacy Brochures

    FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2018 

    FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2017

    FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2016

    FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2015

    FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2014

    FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2013