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A panel of experts were brought together to discuss questions raised by the AJC's "Unprotected" series in a town hall meeting for the public and those in the elder care industry. The panel consisted of six participants including Rep. Sharon Cooper, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Melanie McNeil, and Ginny Helms, president of Leading Age Georgia. Members of the audience who have been affected by poor quality of care in various personal care homes and assisted living communities in Georgia were there to have their voices heard by the panelists. Click HERE to watch the full town hall meeting.
GCOA has submitted public comment on the health care proposal asking to exempt low income family caregivers from the work requirements. Family caregiving provides great value to our state. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that caregiving for those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias provided over $7.6 billion in unpaid care in 2018 in Georgia. GCOA believes that it is in the best interest of the state to facilitate affordable healthcare coverage to low-income caregivers so that they may remain in good health and be able to continue to provide this valuable and critical care for elderly family members.
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