Last Call for 11.15.21 – A prime-time read of what’s going on in Florida politics
Last Call – A prime-time read of what’s going on in Florida politics.
Heads of several state agencies highlighted the recent federal approval of a state plan that will allocate $ 1.1 billion for home and community services.
“Since taking office, Governor DeSantis has been committed to providing the highest quality care to Florida’s most vulnerable residents,” said the secretary of the Agency for Healthcare Administration. Simone marstiller.
“With the approval of our spending authority request, our team can strengthen the governor’s commitment to ensuring Medicaid members in Florida have access to high quality home and community care. With this funding, seniors and vulnerable Florida residents will have even more opportunities to receive the care they need to live and thrive in their homes and communities.
The bulk of the money, $ 669 million, will be used to address staff shortages and other workforce issues among home and community care providers. Highlights include $ 266 million for one-time payments to help providers recruit and retain staff.
“The Agency for People with Disabilities thanks Governor DeSantis for his leadership in securing these important funds to meet the daily needs of clients”, director of the APD Barbara palmer noted. “APD is very pleased that COVID-19 relief funds are going to frontline workers who provide essential services to our APD clients. We appreciate having this money available to help protect our customers and ensure their health and safety. “
Other spending is aimed at allowing older Floridians to stay in their own homes rather than moving to a long-term care facility. The plan sets aside $ 128 million to improve services for older Floridians enrolled in the Department of Elder Affairs’ Home Care for Seniors Program; $ 63 million to provide essential tools such as glasses, wheelchair transfer boards and adapted kitchen equipment; and an additional $ 63 million to purchase personal tech devices for Floridians living at home so they can stay connected to their communities and loved ones.
“Governor DeSantis has remained committed to keeping seniors first,” said the secretary of the Department of Seniors. Richard Prudom. “And DOEA’s collaboration with AHCA helps us achieve this goal. Florida will now be able to help more seniors by allowing them to stay in their homes with a caregiver by simply making proactive changes to their homes. This coordination reinforces the governor’s priority of promoting the well-being, safety and independence of Florida seniors, their families and caregivers.
More information and application documents related to funding for home and community services are available. available through AHCA.
“Florida special session kicks off with protests, Democratic oppositionVia Isaac Morgan of Florida Phoenix
“Major business lobbies make large donations ahead of COVID-19 vaccine mandate special sessionVia Gray Rohrer of the Orlando Sentinel
“Doctors criticize Governor DeSantis for his ‘at risk’ COVID-19 policies and special sessionVia Christine Jordan Sexton of Florida Politics
“Democrats set to leave immigrants behind again»Via Nicole Narea from Vox
“Florida politicians deliver bipartisan show of support for Cuban protestersVia Ryan Nicol from Florida Politics
“Cuban dissident with rose sends powerful message amid island government crackdownVia Nora Gamez Torres of the Miami Herald
“Amid Cuban protests, Governor DeSantis calls for $ 25 million revitalization of Freedom TowerVia Renzo Downey of Florida Politics
“Govt. DeSantis reveled in UF’s Top 5 status; now his minions threaten his academic freedomVia Diane Roberts of Florida Phoenix
“This elected leader worked remotely during COVID-19. Now he can be fired.Via Brittan Wallman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“Seniors Seeking Relief from High Drug CostsVia Cait McVey of Bay News 9
Quote of the day
“It makes me feel good, when I see the Freedom Tower, to be an American, to be a Floridian. »- Govt. Ron DeSantis, calling for a $ 25 million restoration of the historic site.
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