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.