Questions to Ask Your Current or Potential Legislators

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Topics to discuss with your current legislators or legislative candidates at both a Georgia and Federal level before you vote during the upcoming elections.  Elect legislators that will address your needs.

Funding for Seniors Programs

Georgia:  What will you do to eliminate the waitlist?  Have you heard of the $50 million request for funding for seniors over 5 years?

Federal:  What will you do to eliminate sequestration and make overdue investments in programs that support seniors’ health and economic security, falls prevention, and elder justice?

As a result of sequestration, Georgia funding for seniors was reduced more than 49 other states last year.

Medicare

Federal:  What actions are you taking to ensure low-income seniors can afford the needed health care?

Senior Hunger

Georgia:  What steps are you taking to provide nutritious meals to the thousands of seniors on the waitlist for Meals on Wheels?

Federal:  What plans do you have to improve senior access to nutritious meals?

Long-Term Services

Georgia:  Since Medicare does not cover long-term care and the current Medicaid system requires seniors to be impoverished before they can receive assistance, how do you recommend the state address the growing needs for long-term services?

Federal:  Since Medicare does not cover long-term care and the current Medicaid system requires seniors to be impoverished before they can receive assistance, how do you recommend the country address the growing needs for long-term services?

Medicaid

Georgia:  Seniors prefer to age at home and it is more economical for the state to provide services to seniors in their home than to provide services in a skilled nursing facility.  However, Medicaid is required to provide services in a skilled nursing facility, but not while the senior is living at home or in the community.  What do you recommend to provide choices for seniors to receive services at home?

Federal:  The Medicaid program is an entitlement program and forces seniors to move into a skilled nursing facility when seniors are not entitled to services at home or in the community.  What do you recommend to provide choices for seniors to receive services at home?

Older Americans Act Reauthorization

Federal: The Older Americans Act is the major vehicle for the organization and delivery of social and nutrition services to seniors and their caregivers.  The Older Americans Act is almost 4 years overdue for reauthorization.  How do you plan to ensure the Act is reauthorized this year?

Reference: National Council on Aging

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