2018 CO-AGE Potential Priorities

Below you will find links for a summary of each of the CO-AGE issues for 2018. CO-AGE Members will be voting on one budget priority and two legislative priority issues. CO-AGE Members should have received instructions on voting. If you have not, please contact Eric Ryan (eric.ryan@gcoa.ga.gov) or 404.657.5343. Check back after July 15 for videos for each of the issues. 

You can Join CO-AGE before June 30, 2017 to vote on the issues. 


Budget Priorities


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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.        

 
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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.                                                                                                                                                                                  

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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.                                    

 
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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.                                                                                                                       

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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.

 
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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


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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 J: Full Practice Authority for Nurses

Submitted By: Kay Argroves, CRNA

Full practice authority is the collection of state practice and licensure laws that allow for nurse practitioners to evaluate patients, diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests, initiate and manage treatments-including prescribe medications-under the exclusive licensure authority of the state board of nursing.

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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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 
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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.                                                                                                                                          

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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.     

 
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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.