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Assisted living tab for generators in Florida will be $280 million, officials say

Assisted living tab for generators in Florida will be $280 million, officials say

A proposed rule requiring the 3,111 assisted living communities in Florida to install generators will cost operators more than $280 million, the state Department of Elder Affairs said Wednesday.

Governor, state senator promise greater scrutiny of senior living abuse allegations

Governor, state senator promise greater scrutiny of senior living abuse allegations

Minnesota's governor and a legislator who leads the state Senate's Aging and Long-Term Care Policy Committee promised increased scrutiny of senior living communities and the state health department Wednesday after the Star Tribune newspaper published a five-part series about elder abuse.

Provider win: Florida appeals court says generator rule remains invalid

Provider win: Florida appeals court says generator rule remains invalid

Florida assisted living and nursing home operators say they will avoid potential $1,000-per-day fines and loss of licensure after an appeals court Tuesday handed down a decision that emergency rules requiring them to have generators and fuel in place by Nov. 15 did not remain in effect while Gov. Rick Scott appealed a previous court decision that the rules were "invalid exercises of delegated legislative authority" by state officials. The governor disagrees.

Florida provider groups go back to court over generator rules

Florida provider groups go back to court over generator rules

LeadingAge Florida and Florida Argentum filed an emergency joint motion Tuesday asking an appeals court to prevent state agencies from enforcing generator rules that have a Nov. 15 compliance deadline. The action stems from disagreement over the ramifications of a state Division of Administrative Hearings decision Friday that the emergency rules "are invalid exercises of delegated legislative authority."

Florida provider groups cheer generator ruling as governor promises appeal

Florida provider groups cheer generator ruling as governor promises appeal

Organizations representing Florida assisted living and nursing home operators cheered Friday's decision by the state's Division of Administrative Hearings that invalidated two emergency rules put in motion Sept. 16 by Gov. Rick Scott. The rules had given them 60 days to obtain generators and enough fuel to enable them "to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures" for at least 96 hours following a power outage.

Court rejects industry challenge to generator mandate

Court rejects industry challenge to generator mandate

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) scored a victory over senior living providers, when an appellate court Thursday rejected their challenge to emergency rules requiring generator installations.

More news for Friday, Oct. 13

Foundation for Senior Living joins self-driving car public education campaign ... December Fed rate hike all but certain despite low inflation ... Florida operators can seek generator-rule variance ... Resident with dementia who was at center of spoon-feeding controversy dies

Wildfires destroy, force evacuations at California senior living communities

Wildfires destroy, force evacuations at California senior living communities

Several senior living communities have been evacuated, and at least one has been destroyed, as wildfires continue to burn across parts of California.

New law creates LGBT 'Bill of Rights' for California assisted living, nursing home residents

New law creates LGBT 'Bill of Rights' for California assisted living, nursing home residents

A bill signed into law Oct. 4 by California Gov. Jerry Brown establishes a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Residents' Bill of Rights to protect LGBT older adults in the state from discrimination or mistreatment in ALFs and SNFs.

More news for Friday, Oct. 6

Best Buy bets on adults remotely monitoring their aging parents ... Florida governor wants assisted living rules in constitution ... Brookdale residents celebrate their movie productions at 'aging film festival' ... GOP budget that cuts $1 trillion from Medicaid over next decade may be smokescreen

In Focus

Dec. 6

Students of life

Milwaukee

Ovation Chai Point is providing room and board, as well as an open studio, to a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee art student as part of a university program that benefits everyone involved.