Issue Submissions for 2019 session

A primary role of the Coalition of Advocates for Georgia's Elderly is to be a vehicle for bringing broad-based input on aging issues from across the state to the attention of the General Assembly. Participants are encouraged to voice their concerns, submit issues for the prioritization process and engage in joint advocacy efforts with other stakeholders.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an issue. The GCOA Legislative Committee will review the issues and share the issues with CO-AGE Members by June 12, 2018. Members will then be able to vote at the annual meeting on July 12 or via survey link distributed on July 13. 

Only CO-AGE Voting members will be able to vote for the 2019 issues. Please renew or join today! Renewals and new memberships must be made by June 30, 2018. 

Looking for our 2018 issues that were selected? Visit our 2018 Issues page here.

Below are sample issues submitted last year. Please contact us with any questions. Deadline to submit potential issues was May 1, 2018.

Budget Priorities

Issue A: ADRC Funding 

Submitted By:  Dionne Lovett

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.        


Issue D:  CNA Wage Pass Through         

Submitted By:  Ashton Windham

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) provide direct care at skilled nursing facilities. This request will create an incentive for providers to increase the hourly wages for CNAs to a minimum of $10 an hour.                                                                                                                                                                                  

Issue B: Adult Day Care Rate Increase

Submitted By:  Walter Coffey

Amount: $339,670

Adult day centers provide regular respite care for adult caregivers and provide seniors with valuable opportunities for socialization, recreation and engagement in a safe environment. This rate increase will provide a 5% funding increase for adult day health centers.                                    


Issue E: Long Term Care Ombudsman Funding

Submitted By:  Melanie McNeil

Long Term Care Ombudsmen act as advocates for patients in long-term care facilities. This funding will increase the number of LTCO representatives to address complaints and advocate for improvements.                                                                                                                       

Issue C: CCSP-ALS Rate Increase

Submitted By: Steve Neff

Amount $6,633.072

Community Care Services Program-Alternative Living Services is a Medicaid waiver program that provides medically-related personal care, nursing supervision and health related support services in state-licensed facilities to individuals unable to continue living in their own homes. This will increase reimbursement rates.


Issue F: Personal Needs Allowance Increase

Submitted By: Melanie McNeil and Elaine Wilson

Residents of nursing homes receive a Personal Needs Allowance (PNA) for personal items such as glasses, dentures, hearing aids, and clothing. This request will provide funding for legislation passed in 2017 to increase the PNA to $70 a month. 

Legislative Priorities

Issue G: Affordable Housing Study        

Submitted By: Frank O'Brien

Demand for housing has outstripped supply in Georgia. Many older Georgians spend more than half of their income on housing. This would create a legislative study committee to look at affordable housing options for older Georgians.                                                                                                                                           

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Issue H: De Facto Custody for Kinship Care

Submitted By: Mike Patton

Grandparents raising grandchildren face legal obstacles in providing for the children. This would create a de facto custody law that helps grandparents have legal standing in custody cases.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Issue K: Medicaid Funded Assisted Living

Submitted By:  Ruthie Brew

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.                                                                                                                                          

Issue I: Eliminate Requirement for Nursing Home Trust

Submitted By: Hilary Leland

Georgia law requires nursing home patients who have too much income for Medicaid eligibility but not enough income to pay for the nursing home to open a trust to maintain Medicaid eligibility. The trusts are both a financial and administrative burden. This removes the requirement to create the trust.     


Issue L: Personal Care Home Requirements

Submitted By:  Melanie McNeil

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.