Florida's new nursing home generator rules may not be ratified this session – Orlando Weekly (blog)
click to enlarge With time ticking on this year’s session, it’s not clear if Gov. Rick Scott is going to convince the Florida Legislature to ratify a pair of rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have backup generators.
More than halfway through the regular 60-day session, the rules negotiated by the Scott administration and the long-term care industry still await needed legislative ratification. The delay stems from increased costs associated with the requirements, especially for assisted living facilities, lobbyist and lawmakers acknowledge.
“We clearly are going to do something with nursing homes,” House Health & Human Services Chairman Travis Cummings, R-Orange Park, said Tuesday when asked about the generator requirements. “The ALFs are the part we are working through.”
John Tupps, a spokesman for Scott, said the rules are important “to protect life safety of some of Florida’s most vulnerable citizens” and that the governor’s office has been “actively working with the Legislature on the issue.”
“The governor is glad that hundreds of nursing homes and ALFs in Florida have already agreed to follow the rule to install the necessary life-saving equipment,” Tupps said in an email to the News Service of Florida. “Governor Scott will never stop finding ways to protect vulnerable Floridians and the elderly, especially during natural disasters.”
Two proposed rules await ratification, one applying to assisted living facilities, the other to nursing homes. Under the compromise reached between the long-term care industry and the governor’s office, nursing homes and assisted living facilities would be required to have generators, but the generators wouldn’t have to be installed, which means they can be portable.
Nursing homes would be required to be able to keep an ambient temperature of 81 degrees and to have onsite 72 hours of fuel but also have the capability of tapping into another