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2019 Legislative Update
Legislative Session began January 14, 2019. There is now a legislative calendar. We now know that the state legislative session will officially come to a close on April 2, 2019. Crossover day will be March 7, 2019. From looking at the calendar, we can already tell this is going to be a fast legislative session. Bills will likely move fast to make it through.
This Session has shown a tremendous focus on access to healthcare in Georgia. Sixty three counties lacking a pediatrician, Seventy Five have no OBGYN, and eight counties have no doctor. The legislature appears ready to tackle this issue.
The House of Representative's Access to Quality Healthcare Special Committee met to discuss issues in rural Georgia. Majority Caucus Chairman Matt Hatchett presented his bill, HB 198, seeks to repeal the Certificate of Need for "the development and provision of all healthcare facilities and services, with the exception of long term care and home health facilities and services," in an effort to lower healthcare costs and insurance rates.
Governor Kemp's Floor Leader, Senator Blake Tillery, introduced the Patients First Act, otherwise known as SB 106. The Patients First Act is a step toward lowering insurance premiums, enhancing access to quality care, and improving health outcomes in every part of the state. Governor Kemp is looking at potential waivers to avoid expanding Medicaid.
Senator Greg Kirk introduced SR 193 and SR 194 to create either a Senate or Joint Study Committee on Transferring Oversight of Developmental Disabilities to the Department of Community Health.
Current Bills to follow:
HB 37: Expand Medicaid Now Act (Rep. Robert Trammell).
HB 57: Eligible electors mailed an absentee ballot for each primary, election, or runoff in which they are eligible to vote (Rep. Dar'shun Kendrick).
HB 91: Allows FBI to retain fingerprints being collected by GBI. Update to last year’s fingerprint bill.
HB 135: Allows for residents in Long-term Care Facilities to implement electronic monitoring of their room (Rep. Demetrius Douglas)
HB 374: Liquid Morphine in ALC under Hospice
SB 24: Requires the registration of certain electric personal assistive mobility devices (Sen. Donzella James).
SB 74: Among other things, eliminates the certificate of need requirements for all health care facilities except certain long-term care facilities and services (Sen. Matt Brass).
SB 113: Requires Power Generators for ALC and PCH’s above 8 residents
Proxy Caregiver Issue
125 NOW and COMP Waivers
$1,898,000 in new funds for in home care. This will help out 1000 of the 7000 on waiting lists for home and community services.
$945,955 for Meals on Wheels at Area Agencies on Aging.
$338,802 in ADRC funding.
$1,323,839 Adult Protective Service and Public Guardianship workers. These crucial public servants help protect Georgia’s vulnerable at-risk adults.
GACCP Executive Director
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 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)
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.
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.
GACCP Executive Director