A rule that would require nursing homes to have backup power like generators after Hurricane Irma is moving forward, but similar requirements for assisted living facilities have stalled over their potential cost.
Proposed requirements for nursing homes to have backup generators after Hurricane Irma sailed through a House committee Tuesday — but similar requirements for assisted living facilities have stalled over how much they would cost.
The two rules, which call for long-term care facilities to have backup power sources that could continue to maintain cooling systems in the event of an outage, were pushed by Gov. Rick Scott after a dozen residents died of overheating at a Broward County nursing home after Hurricane Irma. Though the House Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously to introduce legislation that would ratify the rule for nursing homes, it held back the second rule — both issued by the state Agency for Health Care Administration — that would set similar requirements for assisted living facilities.
Committee chair Travis Cummings, R-Orange Park, said he remained concerned about mandating such a cost on assisted living facilities, many of which are smaller businesses. "Nursing homes will be reimbursed with the Medicaid system, but there's extreme fiscal impact to doing that" for assisted living facilities, he said.