October 3, 2017, Lois Bowers, McKnight's Senior Living - Two associations representing assisted living operators have joined LeadingAge Florida in filing legal challenges to an emergency rule ordered by Gov. Rick Scott Sept. 16. The rule gave assisted living communities in the Sunshine State 60 days to obtain generators and enough fuel to enable them “to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures” for at least four days after a power outage.
Florida Argentum and the Florida Assisted Living Association filed their challenges Sept. 29 and Sept. 27, respectively, against the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, which issued the rule affecting assisted living communities at Scott's direction. LeadingAge Florida filed its challenge to the rule Sept. 26, naming the Department of Elder Affairs as well as the Agency for Health Care Administration, which issued a similar emergency rule applicable to nursing homes. LeadingAge Florida represents assisted living and skilled nursing providers.
Monday, a judge consolidated the three challenges and set a hearing for Oct. 12 and 13.
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