Monday, April 15, 2013

Press Conference Today to Oppose CON Exemption Legislation

Long Term Care Advocates to Legislature: Health Care Planning Should be Comprehensive and Consider Full Continuum of Long Term Health Services – Not the Needs of Private Developers

Sen. RenĂ© Garcia (R-38) will host a press conference today, April 15, at 11:30 a.m. in the Senate 4th Floor Rotunda to highlight the importance of a comprehensive, organized approach to health care planning for Florida’s seniors. Current legislation (SB 1482 by Sen. Alan Hays/HB 1159 by Rep. Marlene O’Toole) would create a special exemption that would allow nursing homes to be built in special deed-restricted communities, such as the Villages, bypassing state rules and a Certificate of Need moratorium on new nursing home beds.

Florida Health Care Association, AARP, Florida Council on Aging, Florida Catholic Conference and other long term care advocates will join together to discuss opposition to Senate Bill 1482 which is on Monday’s agenda in the Senate Judiciary Committee . Florida Health Care Association and nursing home providers directly impacted by this legislation will discuss how the current CON process is working, with beds underutilized in communities being moved to those areas where there is a need for nursing home services. Representatives from AARP will discuss the importance of taking seniors’ desire for home and community-based care into consideration when planning for a community’s needs for long term health care services.

For details on the press conference, contact Kristen Knapp at or (850) 510.4389.

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