𝗕𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗮𝘁 𝗻𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗗𝗲𝗦𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝘀
Florida lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a plan that would 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗻𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘀, amid debate about how it would affect residents.
The Senate voted 28-9 to pass the bill (HB 1239), which was approved Friday by the House in an 80-31 vote. It is ready to go to Gov. Ron DeSantis.
𝗟𝗮𝘄𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟬𝟭 𝗮𝘀 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗻𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘀. 𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝗮𝗹, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴-𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗹𝗼𝗯𝗯𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿’𝘀 𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻.
Supporters argued, in part, that the changes would help address staffing shortages that have led at least some nursing homes to leave beds empty because of a lack of workers.
𝗖𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗹𝗮𝘄 𝗿𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝗻𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗮 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗺𝘂𝗺 𝗼𝗳 𝟮.𝟱 𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗱𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗱𝗮𝘆. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝘄𝗼 𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀.
Also, current law requires that certified nursing assistants and licensed nurses provide a weekly average of 3.6 hours of direct care per patient per day. The bill would keep that 3.6-hour average, but 𝗶𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗯𝘆 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝘆𝗽𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀, 𝘀𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗮𝘀 𝗽𝗵𝘆𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗰𝗰𝘂𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘀, 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗰𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻.
Whether you agree or disagree with the changes, this bill is likely to pass, so I wanted to alert you to the upcoming changes. Please let me know if you have any questions!