Advocacy

The 2019 Legislative Session will be here before we know it. Learn more about the 2019 CO-AGE priorities below. If you are a GGS member and would like to submit an issue for consideration as our GGS sponsored issue for 2020, please email Amanda James at administrator@georgiagerontologysociety.org and answer the following questions.

  1. Please state the problem and why you feel it should be a priority.
  2. To the best of your knowledge, are other states doing anything about this issue?
  3. Do you have any data or evidence to support your idea?
  4. How would legislation or funding solve the problem?
  5. Are there any groups we should contact for more information about this issue?

CO-AGE Budget & Legislative Issues for 2019 session:

 
(Budget) Home and Community Based Services provide support for older Georgians to remain at home as long as possible by providing home modifications, personal assistance, meals, transportation, and other services. These services cost far less than staying at a nursing home and can help seniors stay independent longer.  For more information, click here.

(Budget) Aging and Disability Resource Centers provide information and referrals to individuals and family members who are aging or living with a disability about long-term supports and services. This funding will help ADRCs meet the growing need and continue to provide “no wrong door” services to Georgians seeking help.  For more information, click here.

(Legislative) There is a lack of affordable housing for persons needing help with activities of daily living, such as meals, meds, dressing, bathing. Medicaid Funded Assisted Living would provide Medicaid funding to pay for Assisted Living facilities. For more information, click here.

(Legislative) Personal Care Home providers do not always comply with licensure and code enforcement. Personal Care Home requirements would increase penalties for those homes not complying with existing regulations.  For more information, click here.

(NEW LEGISLATIVE) Medicaid Coverage for More Georgia Seniors would direct the Department of Community Health to develop an 1115 waiver that would increase the income eligibility limits for seniors on Medicaid. For more information, click here.