Florida Panel Rejects Federal Funds for Elderly

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - A legislative panel has rejected a $2.1
million federal grant designed to help remove patients from nursing
homes and provide them with similar care in their own homes.

The grant turned down Friday would have paved the way for
Florida to receive an additional $35.7 million to pay those
transfers over the next five years.

The Legislative Budget Commission, in other action, approved
incentives of $4.5 million and $3 million for two undisclosed
businesses considering moving to or expanding in Florida.

The joint House-Senate commission also agreed to consolidate and outsource state email service as a money-saving move.

The Republican-dominated panel rejected the nursing home money
on a largely party-line vote.

Opponents said it would have duplicated Florida's existing efforts to get people out of nursing homes.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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