News and Events
March 1, 2014
"March Madness" is about to begin and it's not confined to NCAA basketball courts. It is also found here in our city!
The term, “March Madness,” has been around for almost 60 years and was first used to signify the start of the statewide Illinois High School Basketball tournament. It wasn't until the early 1980s that it signified the beginning of the march to the "Final Four" national championships. In the 1990s, the term was trademarked by the NCAA and remains a common nickname for the Men’s National Basketball Championship series.
Tallahassee's version of March madness will begin on March 4th with the start of the 2014 legislative session and will continue for 60 sixty days. During that time, Elder Care Services’ legislative request for a one-time capital outlay will be working its way through the legislative process, and we will have a much better sense of whether or not we will be successful in our quest for funding.
State legislators have already completed three weeks of meetings in their appropriations committees and hearings on the Governor's budget. Jim Wylie and I have met with all House members who represent Elder Care Services’ 15-county area. These representatives will coordinate the effort in the House, and Senator Bill Montford will be taking our request forward in the Florida Senate.
The legislative climate for seniors seems to be favorable this year. Everyone is keenly focused on the taxpayer benefits they will derive by reining in Medicaid spending on nursing homes and institutional care. This is exactly the mindset we need as we continue to promote our message of assisting elders to "age in place" within the comfort, familiarity, safety and security of their own homes. For the first time ever, the Governor is proposing an $8 million increase in his budget recommendations to be split equally between the Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) and Alzheimer's Respite Care (ADI) programs.
If the stars align and Elder Care Services’ appropriation is approved, 2014 will be a year to remember for all of those seniors in North Florida currently on the waiting list for these critically important services. To read more about our plan, click here.
Keep your fingers crossed, but more importantly, be sure to tell our elected officials how you feel about what we do and why you believe it is so vitally important.
With warmest regards,
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