Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 092500
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File Number: 092500 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1125-09 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: MAXIMIZE FED FUNDING FOR JACKSON HEALTH SYSTEM Introduced: 9/2/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 9/15/2009
Agenda Date: 9/15/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A15
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS AND THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO MAXIMIZE FEDERAL AND STATE FUNDING FOR JACKSON HEALTH SYSTEM
Indexes: JACKSON MEMORIAL
  LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Dorrin D. Rolle, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 9/15/2009 11A15 Adopted P

County Attorney 9/2/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS AND THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO MAXIMIZE FEDERAL AND STATE FUNDING FOR JACKSON HEALTH SYSTEM

BODY
WHEREAS, Jackson Health System (“Jackson”) is the State of Florida’s largest provider of charity care, serving the Florida community as the only safety net hospital in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, Jackson consists of Jackson Memorial Hospital, 10 primary care centers, 17 school-based clinics, two long-term care nursing facilities, an outpatient diagnostic center, a children’s hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, a mental health hospital and two community hospitals; and
WHEREAS, Jackson is consistently listed in US News and World Report as one of the Nation’s top hospitals in a variety of specialties; and
WHEREAS, in 2008, Jackson spent approximately $525 million on charity care, a level that is not only the highest in Florida but also among the highest in the U.S.; and
WHEREAS, total costs for charity care at Jackson are estimated to increase by another $10 million in fiscal year 2009-10; and
WHEREAS, Jackson is continually overburdened by an inordinate amount of charity care that continues to be a financial strain on the system; and
WHEREAS, the current recession has resulted in an even larger demand for charity care; and
WHEREAS, maintaining existing funding and increasing funding where possible to Jackson at both the federal and state levels is essential to ensuring that Jackson can continue to effectively provide charity care,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges Congress and the Florida Legislature to maximize federal and state funding for Jackson Health System.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the members of the Florida Congressional Delegation, the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade County State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's federal and state lobbyists to advocate for the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to amend the 2009 and 2010 Federal Legislative Packages and the 2010 State Legislative Package to include this item.



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