On Friday, the Florida Senate unanimously passed HB 287, a bill that could lead to more nursing home beds statewide.
With a 38-0 vote, the Senate passed the same bill passed by the House last month.
One of the main purposes of HB 287 is to lift the moratorium on new nursing-home beds, which has been in effect since 2001 through what is called a “certificate of need” process. The moratorium was scheduled to expire Oct. 1, after the completion of the state’s move to a Medicaid managed-care system.
The new bill repeals the prohibition as of July 1, as well as enacting a series of other changes in the certificate of need process.
Although the proposal allows more beds, the Agency for Health Care Administration is not able to issue additional certificates of need until 3,750 extra beds are permitted over a three-year period.