The Coalition for Aging in Place today announced a compromise has been met on Senate Bill 1482, sponsored by Senator Alan Hays. Stakeholders, including the Villages, On Top of the World, the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) and Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), have come together to allow for a continuum of care for retirement communities across Florida.
The compromise, which will be presented as an amendment, replaces the exemption created in the current bill with an expedited review process for nursing homes in qualifying retirement communities. This compromise also reflects what is contained in the House bill, sponsored by Representative Marlene O’Toole.
SB 1482 has been placed on the Special Order Calendar for Thursday.
“We commend Senator Hays for filing this amendment, which represents a compromise between all stakeholders who have come together to work toward a solution to this health care crisis afflicting Florida’s seniors,” said Don Hahnfeldt, former president of The Villages Homeowners Association. “It is paramount that the Senate take up this important public policy, in order to ensure that our state’s seniors have the opportunity to age in place, and that they are not forced to leave the communities they call home to get the care they need and – quite frankly – deserve.”
“We extend our gratitude to Senator Hays for filing this good amendment, which not only aligns the Senate bill with the House bill, but represents an important compromise that has been agreed upon by everyone at the table,” said Kenneth Colen, president of On Top of the World Communities in Ocala, Fla. “Seniors are among Florida’s most vulnerable populations that we must all strive to protect, and allowing them to receive nursing home care in the retirement communities they call home is the right thing to do.”