Dear LeadingAge Florida Members,
Thank you for all the calls and emails that you sent into the Senate Health & Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee in opposition to the Florida Health Care Association’s prospective payment system plan. Your outreach truly made a difference in showing that there is not a consensus that supports this plan that would only hurt Florida’s seniors.
But, we still need your help, as the plan is now a part of the budget adopted by the Senate Health & Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. While our ask of you is the same – call and email legislators – our targets have changed.
Our message is simple: This plan DOES NOT have consensus among nursing home providers and would negatively impact quality nursing homes across the State of Florida.
Below, please find all the contact information that you need to call and/or email these targets, helpful talking points on this issue, and an article written about the actions taken by the Senate Health & Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee.
Thank you in advance for being a vocal opponent on this issue.
Senator Jack Latvala
Senator Anitere Flores
Senator Aaron Bean
Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto
Senator Lauren Frances Book
Senator Randolph Bracy
Senator Rob Bradley
Senator Jeff Brandes
Senator Oscar Braynon II
Senator George B. Gainer
Senator Bill Galvano
Senator Audrey Gibson
Senator Denise Grimsley
Senator Bill Montford
Senator Bobby Powell
Senator David Simmons
Senator Wilton Simpson
Senator Kelli Stargel
Since the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee did NOT include FHCA’s PPS plan in its budget recommendation, we need to deliver a different message to the following House members than the message you are delivering to the Senate members. Please thank House members for recognizing that this issue needs much more discussion and tell them that there is NOT consensus on the FHCA plan. Urge them not to let this bad plan, which disproportionately hurts high-quality nursing homes and rewards low-quality facilities, be added to the budget.
House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee
Jason T. Brodeur
Nicholas X. Duran
Shevrin D. ''Shev'' Jones
• The prospective payment system included in the budget adopted by the Senate Health & Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee is a risky plan that puts Florida’s seniors, like me/the ones at our facility, on the line.
• This bad plan disproportionately hurts high-quality nursing homes and rewards low-quality facilities.
• It ignores the cost realities in some of our counties.
• It reduces the quality threshold a nursing home would have to reach to earn funding as a result of quality.
• It shifts $44 million in funding that would be spent on care to instead be spend on property, and it lacks any requirement that providers who receive new money under the plan spend the new dollars on care.
• Ultimately, it results in the highest-quality providers losing significant funding if the Legislature cannot guarantee new funding for Medicaid nursing home reimbursement for the next three years.
• I ask that as this budget item goes before you that you seriously consider the widespread, negative impacts that this bad plan will have on Florida’s high-quality nursing homes and its residents, like me/those at our facility.
Article of Interest
Florida Politics: Universal support for changes to nursing home payments? Not so fast …
We will continue to fight this – and we truly appreciate your help.
Susan Langston is the Vice President of Advocacy of LeadingAge Florida, a nonprofit statewide association representing the full continuum of care for seniors with members ranging from nursing homes to assisted living facilities to continuing care retirement communities.