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Governor Rick Scott’s policy & budget recommendations for fiscal year 2017-18
Governor Scott has proposed a $7,122,437 INCREASE for Community Care for the Elderly and $3 million INCREASE for Alzheimer's Respite Care in his 2017-18 budget recommendations.
2017 FCOA Priorities
Increase funding by $9,983,996 to serve an additional 1,287 (10%) of the most 'at-risk' seniors on the Department of Elder Affairs waiting list for Community Care for the Elderly (CCE), Home Care for the Elderly (HCE) and Alzheimer's Respite Care (ADI) programs. FCOA supports continuation funding for Local Services Programs (LSP). The proposed would serve an additional 174 ADI Clients, 242 HCE Clients and an additional 871 CCE clients. 2017 FCOA Advocacy Brochure - Advocacy Handout (Printer-friendly)
FCOA supports the LIHEAP/EHEAP Programs and the use of the lawful Federal allocation formula (can increase funding to Florida by 54%). Florida's Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP) helps low-income households, with at least one person age 60 and older, when the households are experiencing a home energy emergency and are unable to pay their bill. Households can receive this type financial assistance a maximum of twice a year – once during the heating season (October - March) and again during the cooling season (April - September). Eligibility for this program is determined by a local community agency designated by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Click here to view FCOA's Resolution to Support LIHEAP and here to view LIHEAP Fact Sheet
FCOA supports a continuation of the current year $1.3 million for Aging & Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to continue their eligibility and enrollment assistance provided to seniors and adults with disabilities seeking assistance under the Statewide Medicaid Managed Long Term Care Program.
The FCOA Advocacy Committee is watching and researching many issues that may impact Florida's older adult population. If you have an issue or legislation you would like FCOA to support, you can email it to FCOA using the form below.
2017 Legislative Guide - Your Quick Guide to Health & Appropriations Committees
Submit your 2017 Legislative Priority Requests
Department of Elder Affairs - Waitlist Reports for Services
2016 FCOA Legislative Agenda
2016 FCOA Advocacy Brochure - Click Here to View
2016 Legislative Session
2016 Legislative Guide - Your Quick Guide to Health & Appropriations Committees
Alz and Elder Related Funding Chart - Over last 5 years
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Past Advocacy Brochures