Thursday, August 30, 2012

Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks at FHCA's 2012 Annual Conference

On August 1, Florida Governor Rick Scott spoke before a crowd of more than 400 long term care professionals during FHCA's 2012 Annual Conference & Trade Show in Orlando. Along with sharing his vision to get our state's economy back on track, the Governor told audience members about his positive experiences with his parents being cared for in nursing homes. He recognized the compassionate care being delivered to our state's seniors and the need for adequate funding to ensure that high-quality care remains a constant for years to come. He also echoed the messages of FHCA's leadership by encouraging audience members to get involved in grassroots advocacy and take time to come to Tallahassee to speak with their legislators about the important work they do.

After his presentation, FHCA presented Governor Scott with an award for his ongoing support of Florida's long term care professionals and the residents under their care.

Friday, August 10, 2012

FHCA Honors Governor Rick Scott for Protecting Florida's Frail Elders

On August 1 during FHCA's 2012 Annual Conference at the Hilton Orlando, the Association honored Governor Rick Scott for his ongoing support of long term care providers and the residents cared for in member facilities.

Governor Scott spoke in front of more than 400 long term care professionals, sharing his understanding of the challenges these dedicated caregivers face in light of shrinking reimbursements. He also spoke of the importance that job growth plays to the state's economic recovery. Long term care is the state's 14th largest employer, contributing over 259,000 jobs in both rural and urban communities.

Norman Estes (left) with Northport Health Services presented Governor Scott with the award, thanking him for recognizing the need to protect Medicaid funding for nursing homes when he released his 2012-13 budget prior to the legislative session and for signing HB 787 into law, a bill that helps put patients ahead of paperwork by eliminating some duplicative requirements and regulations.
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