2018 CO-AGE Priorities
Below are links to a summary of each of the CO-AGE issues for 2018. CO-AGE Members voted to select these priority issues to advocate for during the 2018 session. If you would like to help by joining a work group please Contact Us.
If you would like to see all of the issues proposed for 2018, please click here.
Home and Community Based Services Funding
Amount: $10 million
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. Check back later for more detailed information on HCBS needs.
Amount: $4 million
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.
As reports of elder abuse increase each year, aging advocates see a need for a registry of individuals convicted to abuse, neglect, and exploitation against older and disabled Georgians. Check back later for more updates on our progress with the Abuser Registry.
Medicaid Funded Assisted Living
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.
Personal Care Home Requirements
Personal Care Home providers do not always comply with licensure and code enforcement. This would increase penalties for those homes not complying with existing regulations.