Florida Healthcare Association

Nick Evans / WFSU News

Senate Democrats are huddling to discuss proposed changes to nursing home funding.  Nick Evans reports the chamber’s spending plan alters the way Medicaid dollars flow to facilities.

A years-long effort to revamp the rules for nursing home lawsuits is now before the Governor to sign, veto or let become law without his signature.  The proposal marks a compromise among varying groups that don’t normally agree on litigation issues.

Rita Stevens

Tallahassee businesswoman Rita Stevens runs a bustling childcare center. In addition to caring for other people’s children, Stevens is the primary caregiver for her adult daughter who has a mental disability. Her daughter is able to live in her own apartment with assistance but Stevens says there’s still a lot to do.

“I feel like I have to babysit the caregivers and stay on top of them to make sure her room is getting cleaned. They have these supportive living plans and making sure they’re following those," she said.