HB 587 - Family Caregiver Support Act; in-home grants

Georgia House of Representatives - 1995/1996 Sessions

HB 587 - Family Caregiver Support Act; in-home grants

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Code Sections - 49-6-74.1
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House Comm: HumR / Senate Comm: H&HS / House Vote: Yeas 99 Nays 2 Senate Vote: Yeas Nays ---------------------------------------- House Action Senate ---------------------------------------- 2/3/95 Read 1st Time 3/5/96 2/6/95 Read 2nd Time 2/15/96 Favorably Reported Am Committee Amend/Sub 2/29/96 Read 3rd Time 2/29/96 Passed/Adopted CA Comm/Floor Amend/Sub ---------------------------------------- Immediately Transmitted to the Senate Code Sections amended: 49-6-74.1
HB 587 HB 587/CA H. B. No. 587 (AM) By: Representatives Smith of the 12th, Scoggins of the 24th, Hudson of the 156th, Shanahan of the 10th, Stancil of the 16th and others A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT 1- 1 To amend Article 6 of Chapter 6 of Title 49 of the Official 1- 2 Code of Georgia Annotated, the "Georgia Family Caregiver 1- 3 Support Act," so as to provide for an in-home care 1- 4 demonstration grant program; to provide for grant criteria, 1- 5 availability, and purpose; to repeal conflicting laws; and 1- 6 for other purposes. 1- 7 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. 1- 8 Article 6 of Chapter 6 of Title 49 of the Official Code of 1- 9 Georgia Annotated, the "Georgia Family Caregiver Support 1-10 Act," is amended by adding immediately following Code 1-11 Section 49-6-74 a new Code section to read as follows: 1-12 "49-6-74.1. (Index) 1-13 (a) The department shall establish an in-home care 1-14 demonstration program in no more than five counties in 1-15 this state. The purpose of the program is to determine 1-16 whether the funds being spent for nursing home care for 1-17 certain adults could be better spent in grants to such 1-18 adults to help them stay in homes of certain caregiver 1-19 relatives rather than be institutionalized. The program 1-20 shall provide a grant to functionally dependent older 1-21 adults or other adults suffering from dementia who reside 1-22 with a child who is a primary caregiver. No person may 1-23 receive such grant unless the person's physical condition, 1-24 mental condition, or both, meet the conditions established 1-25 by the Department of Medical Assistance for admission to 1-26 an intermediate or skilled care nursing home and such 1-27 person meets the financial eligibility criteria for 1-28 Medicaid reimbursement for care in such nursing home. The 1-29 amount of the grant shall not exceed the state share of 1-30 Medicaid reimbursement to the least expensive intermediate 1-31 care nursing home in the state. The grant provided by 1-32 this Code section shall be instead of and not in addition 1-33 to any reimbursement otherwise available under this H. B. No. 587 -1- (Index) HB 587/CA 2- 1 article. No entitlement to a grant is created by this 2- 2 Code section and such grants shall be made available only 2- 3 to the extent of the availability and level of 2- 4 appropriations specifically made to fund this Code 2- 5 section. A person who is receiving supplemental security 2- 6 income (SSI) shall not be eligible to receive a grant 2- 7 under this Code section. 2- 8 (b) The program established in subsection (a) of this Code 2- 9 section shall terminate two years after it is established 2-10 by the department. Upon the termination of this program, 2-11 the department shall compile and issue a report on the 2-12 program." SECTION 2. 2-13 All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 2-14 repealed. H. B. No. 587 -2- (Index)

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