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The Florida Council
on Aging is
committed to serving
Florida's diverse
aging interests
through education,
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Founded in 1955, the
Florida Council on
Aging is Florida's
only statewide
association
representing virtually
all aging interests
and many different
disciplines.

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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.

Budget Recommendations (Bill Format)
Budget Highlights
Budget FAQ

Senate HHS Appropriations Proposed Budget Reductions

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

2017 Legislators listed by Planning & Service Area

Submit your 2017 Legislative Priority Requests

 

Department of Elder Affairs - Waitlist Reports for Services

January 2017
     

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2016 FCOA Legislative Agenda

2016 FCOA Advocacy Brochure - Click Here to View

2016 Legislative Session
Budget Conference Update - March 9, 2016

2016-17 Legislative Appropriations by County

2016 Legislative Guide - Your Quick Guide to Health & Appropriations Committees

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Alz and Elder Related Funding Chart - Over last 5 years

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How Does the State Budget Development Process Work?

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Who is My Legislator?
To ascertain your legislators, look at your voter registration card, which shows the numbers of your House and Senate voting districts. Alternatively, you may find this information through the web site of your County Supervisor of Elections, which can be accessed through the following link: http://election.dos.state.fl.us/contact-us/contact-elected-officials.shtml

How to Track the Progress of a Bill
To track the progress of a bill, go to Online Sunshine at: http://www.leg.state.fl.us.  Click on the link to the Senate. At the top of the page, enter the bill number and click on “Go”. This will bring up a summary of the bill and the current actions taken on it. From this page you can also access the full version of the bill.

 

FCOA Advocacy Award Winners
1995 Rep. Lars Hafner
1996 Rep. Mary Brennan
1997 Sen. Bill Bankhead & Rep.Carl Littlefield
1998 No award given
1999 Sen. Ron Silver
2000 Sen. Jack Latvala, Rep. Durell Peaden, & Rep. Nancy Argenziano
2001 Sen. John McKay
2002 Speaker Johnnie B. Byrd
2003 Rep. Carole Green
2004 Sen. Ken Pruitt & Rep. Sandra Murman
2005 Speaker Allan Bense
2006 Representative Eleanor Sobel & Senator Burt Saunders
2007 Senator Jeffrey Atwater, Senator Durell Peaden and Senator Nan Rich
2008 Representative Elaine Schwartz and Juan Zapata
2009 Speaker Larry Cretul, Senator Nan Rich & Representative Tom Anderson
2010 Senator Durell Peadon, Representative Denise Grimsley and Senator Don Gaetz
2011 Senator Mike Fasano and Representative Matt Hudson
2012 Senator Nan Rich, Senator Ronda Storms and Representative Doug Holder
2013 Speaker Will Weatherford, Senator Aaron Bean, Senator Joe Negron and Representative Hudson
2014 President Don Gaetz, Senator Denise Grimsley and Representative Kathleen Passidomo
2015 No award given
2016 No award given

Join the Florida State AARP Legislative E-mail Group

The Florida State Chapter of AARP has an Advocate Newsletter available that includes legislative alerts. To sign up for this monthly newsletter, go to http://www.aarp.org/emailnews/

Past Advocacy Brochures

FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2015

FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2014

FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2013