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 (email@example.com) 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.