Tallahassee, Fla., January 26, 2021 – Representative Scott Plakon (R-Seminole County) was presented with the 2020 Hospice Champion Award by Paul A. Ledford, Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association (FHPCA) President and CEO.
This award is bestowed upon Florida Legislators for outstanding support and advocacy for hospice care in Florida. “Representative Plakon is a strong advocate for hospice services, established in his personal experience and conviction that hospice provides invaluable services to patients and families at a very difficult time. His quiet leadership and experiential insights are genuinely appreciated,” said Ledford.
FHPCA continues to support hospice providers throughout Florida and publicly recognizes elected officials whose leadership paves the way to better care for all.
In the 2020 Session, Representative Plakon sponsored and presented FHPCA’s primary legislative initiative in the committees of reference and advocated for the issue among his peers. The legislation exempts health care practitioners from a requirement to have a conversation about ‘non-opioid alternatives’ with hospice patients, because the discussion is not appropriate for patients at the end-of-life and is likely to lead to confusion at a very difficult time.
Scott Plakon is State Representative for District 29, which includes some of Seminole County. Scott serves as Chairman of the Local, Federal, and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee and serves on the Government Accountability Committee, Judiciary Committee, Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, Tourism and Gaming Control Subcommittee. Over the last several years, Scott has become known as a strong champion for the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease. He was the caregiver for many years to his late wife, Susie, who lost her battle with Alzheimer’s in 2018.
Pictured L to R: Rachel Plakon, Representative Scott Plakon, FHPCA President & CEO Paul Ledford