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Georgia Legislative Update!

Good News!

After a huge outpouring of support to block proposed rule changes by Georgia Health and Human Services late last year, a number of things have happened that are wonderful news for Georgia’s frail elderly who need or will need personal care services.

The proposed rule changes were abandoned and all of your voices helped to change the direction of the dialogue. The result was 2 identical bills in the Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia Senate that support our position allowing for those who can be served in assisted living to remain in assisted living unless their medical condition warrants a transfer to a skilled nursing care facility. This change allows for choice in where and how personal care services will be delivered even if the individual can no longer ambulate independently.

Yesterday, March 9, 2011 was Advocacy Day for ALFA (Assisted Living Federation of America, Georgia Chapter). Over 50 ALFA members gathered under the gold dome to meet with our House Representatives and Senators to press for passage of the bills that will, among other things, allow for the creation of a new classification of assisted living facility (25 or more beds) that will be able to continue providing non-medical care as residents grow more frail and face more challenges to self-ambulation. It will also create a State certified position of Medication Technician who will be licensed by the State of Georgia to pass routine medications as ordered by a physician.

The good news about both of the bills and the results of our Advocacy Day.

SB 178 unanimously passed the Senate-Health & Human Services Committee on March 9th.  The bill will make a stop in the Senate Rules Committee before going to the full Senate for a vote.  We anticipate this will happen by Crossover Day which is next Wednesday, March 16th.

HB 405 unanimously passed the House-Health & Human Services Committee on March 10th.  The bill will make a stop in the House Rules Committee before going to the full House for a vote.  We anticipate this will happen by Crossover Day which is next Wednesday, March 16th.

Proxy Caregiver Proposed Rules will be discussed tomorrow at the first of two workgroup sessions scheduled by the Department of Community Health.

Read the bills here:

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/displaybill.aspx?BillType=HB&billNum=405

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/displaybill.aspx?BillType=SB&billNum=178

How can you help?

Find your legislator and email or call them to express your support of the bill.

http://www.legis.ga.gov/en-US/default.aspx

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