Sen. Rene Garcia calls for ALF workgroup
Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, called on Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday to address abuse and neglect in assisted living facilities in the face of this year's failed legislation.
Garcia's suggestion: Another Agency for Healthcare Administration workgroup similar to that established last year after the Miami Herald's Neglected to Death series unveiled gross mismanagement at the state's 2,850 assisted living facilities, resulting in nearly one death per month.
The series prompted Scott to promise sweeping changes. But he seemed reluctant to broker reform as politics and special interests crushed what was expected to be the most meaningful overhaul in a generation.
Scott's office did not immediately answer phone calls asking whether he would create the proposed work group.
Garcia sponsored this year's Senate bill, but emerged empty handed after he failed to reach a deal with the House.
The workgroup would keep the discussion alive and prepare new proposals for Garcia to unroll next year, according to a press release.