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LeadingAge Florida Statement Regarding
2016 Legislative Session

Tallahassee, Fla. — The following statement can be attributed to LeadingAge Florida President | CEO Steve Bahmer:  

I am proud of the efforts of LeadingAge Florida’s advocacy lobbying team. We had a very successful Legislative Session on behalf of Florida’s seniors, including improvements to the Governor’s Gold Seal Program, expansion of access to care for seniors, and efforts to deal with workforce shortages in long-term care.

Additionally, the FY 16-17 budget includes $500,000 for a study of the Medicaid reimbursement system for nursing homes. LeadingAge Florida worked hard in support of the appropriation to fund the study, and we look forward to being actively involved in the development of a fair, equitable reimbursement system that has quality care at its core.

LeadingAge Florida and our members were pleased that AHCA Secretary Liz Dudek and DOEA Secretary Sam Verghese were confirmed. It was an honor to have both of these agency leaders participate in our Advocacy In Action Day in February.

Established in 1963, LeadingAge Florida is the only statewide association representing the full continuum of care for seniors; serving more than 250 mission-driven communities trusted with providing quality care and services. LeadingAge Florida promotes practices that support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age.

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