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A new Florida rule requiring generators at all nursing homes and assisted- living facilities passed last legislative session after Hurricane Irma knocked out power to much of Florida for an extended period. In Hollywood, Florida 14 people in a rehabilitation center died, and 12 were ruled homicide. A swift push to pass legislation requiring generatros followed, and was signed by Governor Rick Scott in late March. 

Months after Gov. Rick Scott approved new rules for nursing homes and assisted living facilities, much of the industry is not in compliance as hurricane season gets underway.

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More than six months after residents of a Broward County nursing home died following Hurricane Irma, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed two bills that nail down requirements for nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to have backup generators and fuel supplies.

The bills (HB 7099 and SB 7028), passed this month by the Legislature, ratified rules issued by the Scott administration. The ratified rules replaced emergency rules issued in September following the deaths of residents of The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

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An expert witness testified that portable coolers actually made things worse in a Florida nursing home where patients died without air conditioning during Hurricane Irma.

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The Florida Department of Health this week asked a circuit judge to dismiss a public-records lawsuit filed by a Broward County nursing home where residents died after Hurricane Irma.

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Nursing homes and assisted living facilities will be required to have generators and 72 hours of fuel after the Legislature agreed to ratify a pair of proposed rules sought by Gov. Rick Scott.

Lawmakers Sign Off On Nursing Home Generators

Mar 6, 2018

Nursing homes will be required to have generators and 72-hour fuel supplies onsite by July 1, under a rule issued by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration and approved Monday by the Legislature.

The state’s lawsuit against the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills continues with more hearings this week inside  a Broward County courtroom in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The Rehab Center is fighting Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to keep its license and reopen after 12 people died in sweaty and stifling hot conditions three days after Hurricane Irma made landfall in South Florida. 

Senate Could Sign Off On ALF Generator Requirement

Mar 2, 2018
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The Florida Senate is going where the House won’t when it comes to generators. 

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A proposed rule requiring Florida nursing homes to have backup power in the event of an outage advanced Tuesday in the Florida Legislature.

Fate Of Generator Rules Remains Unclear

Feb 25, 2018
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With only two weeks left in the 2018 legislative session, proposed rules requiring generators for long-term care providers continue to await action, in part because of the financial impact on assisted living facilities. 

Nursing Home Generator Battles End After Changes

Jan 24, 2018
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Four months of legal wrangling over requirements that nursing homes and assisted-living facilities install backup generators and have 96 hours of fuel on site came to an end Tuesday.

New Generator Rule Issued For Nursing Homes

Jan 11, 2018
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Facing mounting legal challenges, Gov. Rick Scott’s administration on Wednesday issued a new proposed rule on emergency power requirements for nursing homes.

Generator Issues Continue To Confront State, Industry

Jan 9, 2018
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Requiring nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to install generators after the deaths of residents at a Broward County nursing home continues to be an outstanding issue as lawmakers head into the 2018 legislative session.

Judge Sets Hearing On Generator Rules

Jan 2, 2018
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An administrative law judge has scheduled a three-day hearing in challenges to proposed state rules that would require nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to have generators and fuel supplies to keep buildings cool during power outages.

State Faces Another Challenge On Generator Rules

Dec 22, 2017
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The state faces another legal challenge to a pair of proposed rules requiring long-term care providers to have access to 96 hours of backup emergency power to keep buildings cool during electricity outages.

New Generators Headed To Veterans' Nursing Homes

Dec 20, 2017
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The Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs is buying new generators for three of its long-term care facilities after legislative leaders approved $3 million for the purchase.

Assisted Living Group Challenges Scott's Generator Rule

Dec 19, 2017
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A statewide long-term care association has challenged a proposal by Gov. Rick Scott's administration to make permanent a controversial rule that requires assisted-living facilities to have generators and enough fuel to provide 96 hours of backup power.

Agencies Reissue Emergency Generator Rules

Dec 19, 2017
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A pair of emergency rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators and fuel supplies to keep temperatures at 80 degrees for at least 96 hours have been reissued by Gov. Rick Scott's administration, even though they were invalidated by a state administrative judge in October.

Senator Proposes Generator Tax Exemption

Dec 13, 2017
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A Senate Republican on Tuesday proposed creating a tax exemption for generators installed at nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.

Nursing Home Generator Costs Estimated At $186 Million

Dec 4, 2017
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Health care regulators say it will cost Florida nursing homes more than $186 million to comply with a requirement to install generators and have 96 hours of fuel to be able to cool their facilities.

Assisted Living Facilities Face $280 Million Tab For Generators

Nov 30, 2017
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Gov. Rick Scott's mandate that all assisted living facilities have generators and 96 hours of backup fuel will cost the industry about $280 million, according to estimates published Wednesday by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

Tax Exemption Proposed For Nursing Home Generators

Nov 28, 2017
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A House Republican has filed a bill seeking to offer a sales-tax exemption for generators that would provide emergency electricity to nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Tax Break Proposed For Standby Generators

Nov 21, 2017
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A Senate Republican on Monday proposed providing a property-tax exemption for permanently installed generators used to provide power when electricity goes out.

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Nursing homes and assisted living facilities must have a generator that can run the air conditioning starting Tuesday. If not, they risk a $1,000 dollar a day fine.

Nursing Homes Seek State Money For Generators

Nov 14, 2017
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Florida's largest nursing-home association has one question as the 2018 legislative session approaches: Will the state help foot the costs of generators at nursing homes?

Nursing Homes Raise Concerns About Generator Requirement

Nov 5, 2017
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A meeting on a proposed rule to require nursing homes to have generators that can power air-conditioning systems was scheduled for two hours Friday afternoon, but it wrapped up in about 30 minutes.

Fate Of Generator Requirement Unclear In Legislature

Nov 3, 2017

Though Gov. Rick Scott wants to require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators and enough fuel to cool their buildings for 96 hours, legislative leaders on Thursday didn't publicly commit to supporting such a mandate.

Uncertainty Surrounds Generator Rules Amid Appeal

Oct 31, 2017
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Long-term care providers are receiving conflicting messages about whether they have to comply with a Tuesday deadline in a state attempt to require emergency generators, but an administrative law judge says he doesn't have the power to help clear up questions.

Judge Rejects Emergency Generator Rules

Oct 29, 2017
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Gov. Rick Scott on Friday vowed to immediately appeal an administrative-court order invalidating a pair of emergency rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators and enough fuel to cool buildings for 96 hours.

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