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2018 GACCP Legislative Update SINE DIE, March 29, 2018

The Georgia Legislature finished the 2018 Legislative Session SINE DIE under the Gold Dome on Thursday, March 29th around Midnight! The last few weeks of the 2018 legislative session were very busy and grueling as the House and Senate negotiated many important issues. Your GACCP Representatives were there daily working on behalf of our members.

GACCP worked on many FY 2019 Budget issues, however the most important was the ALS (Personal Care Home) Rate Increase added by the Governor of $12.62 per day for the total State portion being $3.3 million. This increase was kept by the House and then maintained by the Senate to pass and move to the Governor to sign as part of the total budget. The House also added a provider rate increase of 2.5% for Adult Day Health and then Senate increased that to 5% in its final passage of the budget that is also awaiting the signature of the Governor.

GACCP also worked on and monitored many pieces of legislation:

HB 635- Disabled Adults & Elder Persons Protection Act (Passed)

HB 776- Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-term Care Facilities Act. (Read 2nd Time)

HB 803- Crimes and offenses; trafficking a disabled Adult or resident (Passed)

HB 831- Georgia's Employment First Act. (Passed)

HR 1257- House Study Committee on Workforce Shortage & Crisis in Home Based Settings. (Passed)

HR 1292- GA Alzheimer's Advisory Council; Study providing access to quality care. (Passed)

HR 1318- House Study Committee on Comprehensive Health of GA's Aging Population.

(Read 2nd Time)

SB 370- Medical Assistance;Commissioner of Human Services waives the first $25000 (Passed)

SB 406- Georgia Long-Term Care Background Check Program (Passed)

SB 444- Georgia Alzheimer's and Related Dementias State Plan Advisory Council. (Passed)

SR 474- Senate Study Committee on Adult Changing Stations in Commercial Public. (Read 1st Time)

SR 506- Excessive and Duplicative Regulatory Oversight of Community Based. (Passed)

Respectfully Reported,
Steven Neff
GACCP Executive Director

2018 Legislative Update: February 15, 2018

Today we completed Day 22 of the legislative session, meaning we are halfway done with this year's calendar and 8 legislative days from completion of Crossover Day. Crossover Day is the final day in which a piece of legislation can be passed by one chamber of the General Assembly and sent to the other chamber for consideration. Therefore, the Legislature will be working hard these next two weeks to get their bills passed and headed to the opposite chamber.

As reported previously, The Georgia Association of Community Care Providers have prioritized their focus this Legislative Session to include a request for a Provider Rate increase for Alternative Living Services under the CCSP and SOURCE programs for Personal Care Homes. After much work over the summer and fall, we are pleased the Governor’s Office accepted our request and added it to the Governor’s FY 2019 Budget Proposal. We continue working with the House of Representatives and the Senate to ask them to accept the Governor’s request and keep the ALS Rate Increase in the budget. We will be sending out Advocacy Alerts asking all GACCP members to contact their Legislators to ask for their support.

We are monitoring several pieces of legislation that are of interest to GACCP regarding the protection of Adults and those with Disabilities, as well as legislation dealing Disaster Preparedness and Background Checks.

Again, The Georgia Association of Community Care Providers looks forward to working with the House of Representatives and Senate to address the many issues facing Home and Community Based Service Providers in Georgia.

Respectfully,
Steven Neff
GACCP Executive Director

2018 GACCP Legislative Update: January 23, 2018

Monday, January 8th, was the beginning of the 2018 Legislative Session. The General Assembly returned to the state capitol facing many important issues as well as the challenge of election year politics.

Georgia continues to remain the best state in which to do business in the country. Some efforts the Legislature plans to address this year are to assure broadband access across Georgia, protect health care access in rural communities, provide improved transportation across the state, and further address the states educational needs.

The 2018 Legislative Session will be the final session of Governor Nathan Deal. During his final State of the State Address on Thursday, January 11th, the Governor outlined his final priorities to continue leading Georgia into the future. He outlined what he called "Orchards of Opportunity," which reflected on the progress the state has made over the past seven years that will bear fruit for our children and grandchildren.

The Georgia Association of Community Care Providers have prioritized their focus this Legislative Session to include a request for a Provider Rate increase for Alternative Living Services under the CCSP and SOURCE programs for Personal Care Homes. After much work over the summer and fall, we are pleased the Governor’s Office accepted our request and added it to the Governor’s FY 2019 Budget Proposal. We are currently working with the House of Representatives and the Senate to ask them to accept the Governor’s request and keep the ALS Rate Increase in the budget. We will be sending out Advocacy Alerts asking all GACCP members to contact their Legislators to ask for their support. We of course will also be working on and monitoring many pieces of legislation throughout the Legislative Session as well.

The Georgia Association of Community Care Providers looks forward to working with the House of Representatives and Senate to address the many issues facing Home and Community Based Service Providers in Georgia.

Respectfully,
Steven Neff
GACCP Executive Director

 

 

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