Issue Submissions for 2020 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!

Here are the Issues for 2020 to be selected:


Budget Priorities


Issue A: Assistive Technology

Submitted By:  Ginger Regans

Amount: $105,000

A dazzling array of Assistive Technology is giving older Georgians more confidence in their ability to live alone and avoid the wrenching decision to move to a nursing facility. AT helps people who have difficulty speaking, eating, typing, writing, remembering, pointing, seeing, hearing, learning, walking, and many other things.

 

Issue D:  Guardianship Resources Center         

Submitted By:  Melanie McNeil

Amount: $2 Million    

Individuals seeking guardianship need assistance with understanding all the alternatives possible, understanding the process, understanding what guardians can and cannot do and the responsibilities of guardians.  Training materials are needed for judges, attorneys, guardians and conservators, guardian’s ad litem and others.                                                    

Issue B: Behavioral Health and Housing

Submitted By:  Ginny Helms/ Becky Kurtz

Amount: $750,000-$1.5 Million

 Some public housing residents have behavioral health issues that make community living difficult for themselves or other residents. Without access to other options, some of these individuals move into higher levels of care unnecessarily (such as personal care homes or nursing homes) and some become homeless. Funding would be used to expand a current pilot to meet the behavioral health needs of older adults living in affordable housing sites.                              

Issue C: CAPABLE Program Pilot

Submitted By: Teresa Berger

Amount $180,000

The Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) program is an innovative home-based model centered around achieving patient-directed goals to enhance quality and improve older adults’ ability to function at home safely and independently.

 

Issue X:  Personal Support Services Rate Increase    

Submitted By: Doug Lueder

Amount: Est. $10 Million    

   Medicaid partners cannot pay high enough wages to attract and retain good caregivers resulting in poor care and consistency for the vulnerable individuals. If reimbursement rates were increased, providers could pay more competitive wages to care workers.                                                                 


Legislative Priorities


Issue E: Georgia’s Older Adult Transportation

Submitted By: Eve Anthony

Transportation is needed for older adults across many rural areas of Georgia.  This transportation bill would help put the necessary resources together to help those who have local travel needs like doctor appointments, grocery store trips and other reasons.                                                       

 

Issue H: Supported Decision Making

Submitted By:  Dawn Alford

 Supported decision-making maximizes independence and promotes self-advocacy and self-determination for individuals with disabilities and the elderly. SDM as an alternative to guardianship. It provides alternatives for those with cognitive or memory difficulty to make decisions in their lives, with the support of others, rather than decisions being made for them in the confines of guardianship.                                                                        

Issue F: Guardianship Resource Center

Submitted By:  Melanie McNeil

    Individuals seeking guardianship need assistance with understanding all the alternatives possible, understanding the process, understanding what guardians can and cannot do and the responsibilities of guardians.  Training materials are needed for judges, attorneys, guardians and conservators, guardian’s ad litem and others.                       

Issue G: Prescription Drugs Outsourced

Submitted By: Kay Argroves

Seniors in America spend more on prescription drugs than most places in the world. This plan would allow the state of Georgia to set up a system to purchase prescription drugs in bulk from Canada for a lower cost for consumers. This plan has to also have federal approval to be implemented.