On Monday, May 10, Governor Brian Kemp signed HB 81 approving the SFY 2022 budget that will become effective July 1, 2021. This approved budget contains a 10% rate increase for home & community-based services provided under the Medicaid Elderly and Disabled Waiver Programs. This budget approval culminates extensive efforts by home & community-based providers throughout the entire legislative session. Your HCAOA Georgia Chapter was a leading champion of the 10% reimbursement rate increase for all home and community-based providers that serve Elderly and Disabled Medicaid Waiver Program recipients across the state. The HCAOA Georgia Chapter and our entire industry thanks the Governor, and members of the House and Senate for supporting these vulnerable Georgians.
To our HCAOA Georgia Chapter members, please be sure to reach out to thank your local legislators for their support and continue to educate them on our industry and the vulnerable elderly and disabled Georgians that we serve. A critical part of the success of this rate increase was the lobbying efforts of our HCAOA Georgia Chapter lobbyist, Rusty Paul. As a former Senator, Rusty’s knowledge of the Capitol, the legislative process, and the key legislators in both the House and Senate has been invaluable in making this rate increase possible. As you know, it is the Georgia Chapter members that fund Rusty’s efforts. Please be sure to support our lobbyist fund with your contributions targeting a minimum of $50, but certainly more if you can. It is our membership that makes Rusty’s efforts possible.
Remember that our work is not done as we must continue to educate our legislators on our industry and the need for their support as we deal with serious workforce issues that hamper our ability to serve the elderly and disabled Georgians that need our care.
Thank you for your support!
For further information, please contact:
Dave Lamb, Legislative Chair, Home Care Association of America Georgia Chapter