While Florida legislative leaders identified reform of the assisted-living industry as a priority, the ALF package failed for a third year, the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau reports (paywall alert). Why?

The Florida Senate unanimously passed its bill (SB 248) early in the session. The House version (HB 573) got held up under heavy lobbying by the industry, according to Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville.

Miami Herald

The state Agency for Health Care Administration has ordered a Pasco County assisted-living facility for young, disabled adults to close, two years after shutting off its Medicaid payments ended, the Miami Herald

The Florida Senate unanimously passed a $74.3-billion budget that includes raises for state employees and more money for schools and the Everglades; it also leaves the door open to accept federal funds that would expand coverage to the uninsured, the Times/Herald Bureau reports.

The Senate Health Policy Committee approved a bill that would toughen punishments for assisted living facilities that mistreat residents, the News Service of Florida reports. The House has a handful of bills that would also strengthen regulations on that state’s 3,000 ALFs.  

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