Both the House and Senate continue addressing assisted living facility reform this session. Legislation in both chambers (HB 573 by Rep. Larry Ahern/SB 248 by Sen. Eleanor Sobel) contains important steps toward fixing the ALF regulatory system to hold poor performers accountable and give seniors and their families assurances that Florida's ALFs are safe, provide the appropriate care and services and respect residents' desire for an independent, home-like environment.
FHCA needs your help in contacting your legislators to ask them to support the House position, which does not contain a troublesome provision that directs the Agency for Health Care Administration to create a consumer website about ALFs that includes an anonymous comment section. We agree consumers should have access to information that helps them compare ALFs and make informed choices about appropriate facility placement. However, an anonymous comment section is inappropriate when it offers nothing to prevent disgruntled employees, competitors or others from posting negative comments with no recourse to verify the information for accuracy.
Click here to enter your zip code and find your legislator. Use our helpful, pre-written message to contact your Representative and Senator today. Ask them to take the House position in passing meaningful ALF reforms.