Florida Health Care Association has awarded Senator Eleanor Sobel and Representative Larry Ahern 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 Sobel and Representative Ahern sponsored Assisted Living Facility (ALF) legislation designed to promote ALF accountability while preserving quality care and a level of independence that residents expect from their ALF home. FHCA thanks the legislators for their efforts advocating for the legislation and helping to raise the public’s awareness of this important issue. The ALF proposal will be revisited in the 2015 legislative session.
“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 Executive Director. “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 these needy Floridians; who support adequate funding for both nursing home resident quality care and valuable caregiver jobs; who displayed courage on tough issues; and who championed legislation that ensures a fair and balanced regulatory system for long term care.