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.  Legislative Results

(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.  Legislative Results

(Legislative) There is a lack of affordable housing for persons needing help with activities of daily living, such as meals, meds, dressing, bathing. Innovative Financial Options for Senior Living would provide Medicaid funding to pay for Assisted Living facilities.   Legislative Results                                               

(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.  Legislative Results

(NEW LEGISLATIVE) Health Coverage for Low Income Seniors would direct the Department of Community Health to create a program to supplement the current federal funding to help low income Medicare beneficiaries with out-of-pocket health care costs. Legislative Results