Thursday, April 10, 2014

Certificate of Need Bill Ready for Senate Floor

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee advanced SB 268 by Sen. Denise Grimsley (R-31), clearing it to be heard on the Senate floor after lawmakers return from the Passover/Easter recess. SB 268 is the Certificate of Need bill that will provide incentives to allow for renovation or replacement of Florida’s aging facilities and movement of nursing home beds to match Florida's changing demographics. FHCA member Steve Bogomilsky who operates 20 skilled nursing facilities across Florida, voiced support for the bill, which passed unanimously.

FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed commended bill sponsor Sen. Denise Grimsley for her foresight in anticipating the needs of Florida’s senior citizens. “As more Florida baby boomers transition to retirement, it is appropriate for the state to take critical steps like those outlined in this good legislation to continue our leading role among America’s most senior friendly states."

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