Friday, February 27, 2009

Nursing Home Residents' Personal Needs Allowance

HB 455 has been filed by Representative Rick Kriseman (D-53) to increase the nursing home resident's Medicaid personal needs allowance from $35 to $70 per month. Senator Dan Gelber (D-35) has filed the companion bill, SB 1632. FHCA is very supportive of these bills, which are back for the second year in a row. They were not successful last year as the funding source proved controversial. We have talked to Rep. Krisemen, and he is very excited to have many members of leadership indicating their support of the bill and the promise to look for some possible funding source.

FHCA members are encouraged to let your legislators know how important these bills are for the residents in your building. Need help finding who represents your district?Visit Online Sunshine to find a list of your Representatives and Senators, as well as their contact information.

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