FHCA members' active involvement in our grassroots initiatives is critical to advancing our legislative agenda. Staffing working in the facilities are the informed, on-the-ground experts that legislators are inclined to listen to, putting a local face on state issues. FHCA wants to encourage members to invite legislators in for a facility tour and the opportunity to meet residents and staff. Follow our posts to learn more about how our members are connecting with lawmakers this summer.
Sen. Elizabeth Benequisto (R-27) visited Coral Trace Health Care Center. Administrator Tracy Hooks gave the Senator an extensive tour, after which she met with Resident Council members, as well as the facility's leadership team, to discuss a number of important long term care issues.
Rep. Jim Frishe (R-54) visited Palm Garden of Pinellas, where he toured the facility and met with residents and staff. Rep. Frishe was the House bill sponsor for HB 621 and was a tremendous help with the passage of HB 787, which will eliminate some duplicative paperwork and requirements. During his visit, he met with the facility's nurses, who cheered after he spoke about his role in getting these important provisions for nursing homes passed this session.
Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-24) toured Palm Garden of Ocala, meeting with their medical director and visiting with residents and staff. He took time to answer residents' questions related to Medicaid funding and other broad health care issues, making for an informative visit.
If you need assistance setting up a facility tour, communicating our long term care issues or getting involved in our grassroots advocacy in the months to come, please contact a member of FHCA's legislative team.