FHCA has awarded Senator Denise Grimsley and Representative Frank Artiles the organization’s Champion for the Elderly Awards. The awards were presented at FHCA’s Annual Conference in Orlando in recognition of the legislators’ dedication in the 2014 legislative session to policy issues regarding long term care providers and the elderly.
Senator Grimsley and Representative Artiles sponsored Certificate of Need legislation providing greater flexibility for nursing homes to move beds to follow population trends. The measure also creates incentives for nursing home providers to replace older nursing homes with modern facilities to meet the needs of Florida’s older population. The lawmakers were also applauded for supporting a budget that considers the needs of Florida’s most frail elders.
“Our champions advocate for people who truly need it, those who rely on such thoughtful leaders to speak on their behalf,” said Emmett Reed, FHCA President. “We are proud to recognize these legislators for the passion they showed during the 2014 session. Their dedication to quality elder care and contributions to continuous improvement are truly outstanding.”
Each year, the Champion for the Elderly Award recognizes those legislators who have championed long term care issues or used their leadership in the Legislature to stand up for stand up for these needy Floridians; support adequate funding for both nursing home resident quality care and valuable caregiver jobs; displayed courage on tough issues; and championed legislation that ensures a fair and balanced regulatory system for long term care.