Assisted living is one of the least regulated industries among the continuum of long-term care. It’s largely regulated by state agencies with no uniform standards. In Florida, legislation has been introduced to further the deregulation of assisted living, removing important resident rights and rules related to basic standards of care. Furthermore, earlier this year, the regulatory power over assisted living was consolidated. In July of 2019, Senate Bill 184 transferred assisted living operations regulatory authority from Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) to the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). This change, combined with the most recent proposal—Senate Bill 402—represents a significant deregulation of assisted living in Florida.
This issue brief summarizes Senate Bill 184 and the proposed changes under Senate Bill 402 and relates them to the recommendations that were made in 2011 by the Agency for Health Care Administration’s Assisted Living Workgroup.
- Florida may crack down on assisted living facilities after all (Tampa Bay Times)
- Florida’s assisted living facilities write rules on reporting deaths, injuries (Tampa Bay Times)
- NEGLECTED TO DEATH | Part 1: Once pride of Florida; now scenes of neglect (The Miami Herald)
- Senate Bill: CS/SB 402: Assisted Living Facilities