Advocacy on State Legislation

The Florida Legislature runs 60 days during the spring of each year.

FLiCRA continually monitors and reviews legislative or regulatory proposals that may have a positive or adverse effect on the life of residents. During each legislative session, thousands of bills are filed in the Legislature. Many of these bills contain issues that are relevant to CCRC residents. FLiCRA encourages residents to contact their legislators at the local level on issues of concern. The Tallahassee staff also works with legislators on these same issues.

FLiCRA is the only voice at the Capitol that speaks for the residents. FLiCRA has had many legislative successes over the past 25+ years, including the development of a resident "Bill of Rights," homestead exemption, meal sales tax exemption and prescription drug repackaging. The prescription drug repackaging legislation provides the ability to transfer prescription drug programs from independent living to skilled nursing. In all, FLiCRA’s legislative efforts have resulted in a savings of up to $8,500 per year.
FLiCRA actively monitors bills primarily related to Florida Statutes
651 (Continuing Care Retirement Communities),
400 (Nursing Homes and Assisted Living),
641 (Health Care Services),
196 (Taxes) – Sales Tax and Ad Valorem Taxation for Homes for the Aged
631 (Insurer Insolvency),
624 (Insurance).

FLiCRA has a board policy that governs taking positions on legislation
Does the bill or amendment restrict residents’ rights?
Does the bill or amendment enhance residents’ rights?
Will the bill or amendment likely result in increased costs to residents?
Will the bill or amendment likely result in decreased costs to residents?
Are there other groups who publicly support the bill or amendment?
Are there other groups publicly opposed to the bill or amendment?
Is the bill controversial based on certain elements of the bill (but not in its entirety?)

What has FLiCRA done for public policy issues?
Annual Savings to Continuing Care Retirement Community Residents Achieved by FLiCRA through Legislation