FHCA has awarded Senator Joe Negron the organization’s Champion for the Elderly Award. The award was presented at FHCA’s annual conference in Orlando in recognition of the legislator’s dedication in the 2014 legislative session to policy issues regarding long-term care providers and the elderly.
As Senate Appropriations Chair, Senator Negron displayed strong leadership and oversaw budget issues that will help shape the future of elder care in Florida. For the first time in 25 years, legislators adopted a budget that made Florida’s long term care residents a priority by preserving Medicaid funding for nursing home care. Senator Negron also made it a priority to successfully increase long term care residents’ personal needs allowance. Senator Negron’s political leadership made him a true champion of budget issues regarding elder care.
“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.