Section 296.36, Florida Statutes 2009
296.36 Eligibility and priority of admittance.--
(1) To be eligible for admittance to the home, the person must be a veteran as defined in s. 1.01(14) and must:
(a) Be in need of nursing home care.
(b) Have been a resident of the state for 1 year immediately preceding, and at the time of application for, admission to the home.
(c) Not owe money to the department for services rendered during any previous stay at a department facility.
(d) Have applied for all financial assistance reasonably available through governmental sources.
(2) The director may waive the residency requirement for a veteran who is otherwise eligible under Florida law for admittance to a home. The waiver must be limited to a veteran who is a disaster evacuee of a state that is under a declared state of emergency.
(3) Admittance priority must be given to eligible veterans in the following order of priority:
(a) An eligible veteran who is a resident of the State of Florida.
(b) An eligible veteran who has a service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, or was discharged or released from military service for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty and the disability is the condition for which nursing home care is needed.
(c) An eligible veteran who has a non-service-connected disability and is unable to defray the expense of nursing home care and so states under oath before a notary public or other officer authorized to administer an oath.
History.--s. 14, ch. 92-80; s. 16, ch. 98-16; s. 2, ch. 2000-282; s. 1, ch. 2006-239.