House and Senate Budget Timeline
April 3: Appropriations Committees pass bills.
April 10-12: Final budget bills passed by House and Senate.
April 15-30: Conference committees meet and resolve budget differences.
TBD: House and Senate pass Conference agreement for 2013-14 state budget.
May 3: Session's scheduled end.
United Way Priority Agenda Issue: Community Care for the Elderly (CCE)
Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) operates home and community-based services programs that help frail elders remain at home, avoiding more costly nursing home care. Some DOEA programs are funded by Medicaid or other federal dollars; others (such as CCE) are funded with state General Revenue dollars. CCE provides personal care, home repairs, home-delivered meals, caregiver respite, care management, adult day care, emergency alert response and medical transportation. The House budget increases CCE funding by $7.1 million, to serve 1,162 additional frail elders; the Senate budget maintains current CCE funding. Read more.