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2018 Legislative Days - Advocacy In Action
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1/15/2018 to 1/17/2018
When: January 15-17, 2018
Where: Doubletree by Hilton
101 S Adams St
Tallahassee, Florida  32301
United States
Contact: Susan Langston
(850) 671-3700

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Mark your calendars for LeadingAge Florida’s Legislative Days – an important opportunity to meet with your state legislators and advocate for the issues that matter the most to you and your residents! Numerous mission critical issues will be in play during the 2018 Legislative Session, including:

  • New emergency planning requirements including prioritized restoration of power for nursing homes and ALFs, and generator power and fuel storage requirements
  • Significant changes to CCRC regulations
  • Funding for the “hold harmless” provision of the Medicaid reimbursement system for nursing homes
  • Preservation and ensure proper usage of the Sadowski housing funds

LeadingAge Florida’s Legislative Days provides and presents you with an opportunity to:

  • Tell key legislators and their staff about the issues your community faced in preparation for and in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and, most importantly, the measures taken to protect your residents and staff.
  • Share with your legislators the confusion surrounding the emergency rulemaking efforts and the frustrations of trying to comply with the intent of the rules within timeframes that were impossible to meet.
  • Assure legislators that your community and LeadingAge Florida support efforts to ensure resident safety during and after an emergency, including generator power and fuel storage requirements, provided realistic timeframes and fuel storage options are included, and stress the importance of prioritized power restoration for nursing homes and ALFs.
  • Let legislators know if you already comply, or are well on your way to complying, with the requirements of the emergency rules and urge them not to change the major requirements of the rule.
  • Ensure that any changes made to the regulation of Florida CCRCs are reasonable, justifiable, and don’t result in potential unintended consequences for financially stable CCRCs.
  • Talk with legislators about the lack of infrastructure necessary to care for a growing population of low-income seniors, and tell your story about the need for legislators to spend Sadowski Trust funds as they were intended – to ensure access to affordable housing for Florida seniors.

Legislators need to hear from you so they understand, promote, and protect the programs and services your communities provide for Florida’s seniors. Your credibility as an industry expert and as a provider makes you an ideal advocate for your community and the seniors you serve!

Join us for lunch where the Who’s Who of the State of Florida meets to make deals and plan strategy. After lunch we will head to the Capitol to make sure the collective voice of LeadingAge Florida is heard. We will make sure you have all the background and talking points you need to be effective.




Legislative Days: Advocacy in Action Schedule
*Program Subject to Change

DoubleTree by Hilton - 101 S. Adams St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

Monday, January 15, 2018

5:30-7:30 PM Welcome Reception
DoubleTree by Hilton Tallahassee

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton
The Florida Capitol

7:30 AM Registration Desk Open
8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast - Speaker TBD

8:45 AM Welcoming Remarks
Remarks & Recognitions:
Roger A. Stevens, LeadingAge Florida Chair and President/CEO, Westminster Communities of Florida
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Legislative Update, Advocacy Strategy and Plans
12:00 Noon Lunch
Keynote Speaker:TBD
1:30 PM Legislative Visits at The Florida Capitol
5:30-7:30 PM Meet & Greet Legislative Reception

Be sure to invite your legislators!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:00 AM Informal Discussion and Follow-Up from Visits to the Capitol
Share and listen to members describe their experiences in the Capitol.


Registration Fees:
LeadingAge Florida Member - $195        Prospective Member - $225
       After January 5, 2018 the rate will increase by $30.

Contact Hours: LeadingAge Florida is providing up to 6.5 contact hours of credit for nursing home administrators, nurses and social workers licensed in Florida.

Hotel Reservations - DoubleTree by Hilton Tallahassee:
LeadingAge Florida has a block of rooms reserved at a special rate of $209/night by December 15, 2017. To reserve your room, please click here to make your reservation online or contact the DoubleTree at (850) 224-5000. Reference LAF or LeadingAge Florida to receive the group rate. Parking at DoubleTree by Hilton Tallahassee: The parking fees are $15 for self-parking/per day and $18 for valet parking/per day.

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to LeadingAge Florida. A $50 administrative fee will be charged for each cancellation. No refunds will be issued after January 5, 2018. Substitutions will be accepted at no additional fee.

Please let us know of any dietary restrictions or special accommodations you will need to fully participate in this meeting? Please call Maria Maggio at (850) 671-3700.

Scholarships Available
The Scott Boord Career Development Scholarship Program gives members an opportunity to attend aging services programs and education events for those that otherwise would be unable to participate because of financial limitations. Scholarships are awarded to members who meet certain criteria. To find the guidelines and application, please click here.

There are two ways to register:

1. To register online and pay with credit card, please click on the REGISTER button above. If you're not sure what of your member status, or your log-in ID is please contact us at (850) 671-3700 before proceeding with your registration.
2. To pay by check, click here for the registration form. Fill out the form and mail with check to LeadingAge Florida 1812 Riggins Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32308


Why is Grassroots Advocacy So Important?
Legislators listen to constituents, because they answer to them! This event will give you the opportunity to speak with lawmakers while they are making critical decisions about the state budget, long-term care, and senior housing. By telling them your story, you can personalize the issues and influence the outcome of pending legislation. Legislators need to hear from you so services and programs for senior Floridians are treated fairly and tax exemptions for “homes for the aged” are preserved. As a provider, your credibility makes you the perfect expert advocate for your community and the elders you serve. Your attendance is needed to make LeadingAge Florida’s unified voice heard loud and clear.


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