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       Florida Senate - 2010                                    SB 1972
       
       
       
       By Senator Aronberg
       
       
       
       
       27-01063A-10                                          20101972__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to veterans; amending s. 295.187,
    3         F.S.; redefining the term “service-disabled veteran”
    4         for purposes of the Florida Service-Disabled Veteran
    5         Business Enterprise Opportunity Act; amending s.
    6         296.06, F.S.; revising the eligibility requirements
    7         for a veteran’s residency in the Veterans’ Domiciliary
    8         Home of Florida; amending s. 296.36, F.S.; revising
    9         the eligibility requirements for a veteran’s
   10         admittance into a licensed health care facility that
   11         is operated by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs;
   12         providing an effective date.
   13  
   14  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   15  
   16         Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of section
   17  295.187, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   18         295.187 Florida Service-Disabled Veteran Business
   19  Enterprise Opportunity Act.—
   20         (3) DEFINITIONS.—For the purpose of this section, the term:
   21         (b) “Service-disabled veteran” means a veteran who is a
   22  permanent Florida resident with a service-connected disability
   23  of 10 percent or greater as determined by the United States
   24  Department of Veterans Affairs or who has been terminated from
   25  military service by reason of disability by the United States
   26  Department of Defense.
   27         Section 2. Subsection (2) of section 296.06, Florida
   28  Statutes, is amended to read:
   29         296.06 State policy; eligibility requirements.—
   30         (2) To be eligible for residency in the home, a veteran
   31  must:
   32         (a) Have wartime service or peacetime service as defined in
   33  ss. 1.01(14) and 296.02.
   34         (b) Have been a resident of the state for 1 year
   35  immediately preceding application and be a resident of the state
   36  at the time of application.
   37         (c) Not be mentally ill, habitually inebriated, or addicted
   38  to drugs.
   39         (d) Not owe money to the department for services rendered
   40  during any previous stay at a department facility.
   41         (e) Have applied for all financial assistance reasonably
   42  available through governmental sources.
   43         (f) Have been approved as eligible for care and treatment
   44  by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
   45         Section 3. Subsection (1) of section 296.36, Florida
   46  Statutes, is amended to read:
   47         296.36 Eligibility and priority of admittance.—
   48         (1) To be eligible for admittance to the home, the person
   49  must be a veteran as defined in s. 1.01(14) or have eligible
   50  peacetime service as defined in s. 296.02 and must:
   51         (a) Be in need of nursing home care.
   52         (b) Have been a resident of the state for 1 year
   53  immediately preceding, and at the time of application for,
   54  admission to the home.
   55         (c) Not owe money to the department for services rendered
   56  during any previous stay at a department facility.
   57         (d) Have applied for all financial assistance reasonably
   58  available through governmental sources.
   59         (e) Have been approved as eligible for care and treatment
   60  by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
   61         Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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