Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sen. John Thrasher, Rep. Matt Gaetz Receive Prestigious “Champion for the Elderly” Awards

Florida Health Care Association has awarded Senator John Thrasher and Representative Matt Gaetz 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.

Sen. Thrasher and Rep. Gaetz sponsored nursing home litigation reform legislation that resulted in a historic agreement reached by nursing homes, trial attorneys and AARP. The legislation will protect the quality of care at nursing homes without sacrificing accountability. The measure safeguards the interests of nursing home residents while allowing Florida’s many outstanding long term care facilities to continue to provide a high level of care without fear of excessive litigation.

“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.

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