SR 600 - Senate Cert. of Need for Long-term Care Facilities Study Comm.- create

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A resolution creating the Senate Certificate of Need for Long-term Care Facilities Study Committee.

Broun, Paul C (46th) Gillis, Sr., Hugh M (20th) Egan, Michael J (40th)
Status Summary HC: SC: Rules LA: 03/18/98 S - Passed/Adopted
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2/9/98 Read 1st time
3/18/98 Favorably Reported
3/18/98 Passed/Adopted

SR 600                                             LC 11 9481 
                             A RESOLUTION 
  1- 1  Creating the Senate Certificate of Need for Long-term Care 
  1- 2  Facilities Study Committee; and for other purposes. 
  1- 3  WHEREAS, according to the National Center for Health 
  1- 4  Statistics, the total number of elderly over age 85 needing 
  1- 5  nursing home care is expected to increase from an estimated 
  1- 6  1.5 million in 1993 to 2.2 million by the year 2000, 2.6 
  1- 7  million by 2010, and 3.0 million by 2020; and 
  1- 8  WHEREAS, the number of Georgians 85 years of age and older 
  1- 9  has increased 45 percent over the last ten years, and the 
  1-10  number of persons 65 and older has increased 30 percent 
  1-11  during this same time period; and 
  1-12  WHEREAS, congregate senior housing and continuum of care 
  1-13  retirement communities are becoming increasingly popular 
  1-14  among seniors in the United States; and 
  1-15  WHEREAS, such developments that cater to this public demand 
  1-16  have attracted seniors to relocate to states which encourage 
  1-17  the development of continuum of care retirement communities, 
  1-18  resulting in a loss of economic resources from states such 
  1-19  as Georgia which otherwise have the potential to develop a 
  1-20  significant senior housing industry; and 
  1-21  WHEREAS, the availability of and access to all components of 
  1-22  health and medical care for seniors is critical to the 
  1-23  successful development of a viable retirement community, and 
  1-24  skilled nursing facilities are one of the required care 
  1-25  components of such a community; and 
  1-26  WHEREAS, this state effectively controls such access via 
  1-27  certificate of need laws and regulations pertaining to 
  1-28  components of care such as skilled nursing for the purpose 
  1-29  of controlling Medicaid funds, and this results in a 
  1-30  regulatory environment severely restricting and restraining 
  1-31  the development of a high-quality growth industry in this 
  1-32  state; and 
  1-33  WHEREAS, the need to maintain control of Medicaid funding 
  1-34  must be balanced with a concern for care of the elderly. 
  2- 2  created the Senate Certificate of Need for Long-term Care 
  2- 3  Facilities Study Committee to be composed of five members of 
  2- 4  the Senate to be appointed by the President of the Senate. 
  2- 5  The President of the Senate shall designate a member of the 
  2- 6  committee as chairperson of the committee.  The chairperson 
  2- 7  shall call all meetings of the committee. 
  2- 8  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee shall undertake a 
  2- 9  study of the conditions, needs, issues, and problems 
  2-10  mentioned above or related thereto and recommend any actions 
  2-11  or legislation which the committee deems necessary or 
  2-12  appropriate.  The committee may conduct such meetings at 
  2-13  such places and at such times as it may deem necessary or 
  2-14  convenient to enable it to exercise fully and effectively 
  2-15  its powers, perform its duties, and accomplish the 
  2-16  objectives and purposes of this resolution.  The members of 
  2-17  the committee shall receive the allowances authorized for 
  2-18  legislative members of interim legislative committees but 
  2-19  shall receive the same for not more than five days unless 
  2-20  additional days are authorized.  The funds necessary to 
  2-21  carry out the provisions of this resolution shall come from 
  2-22  the funds appropriated to the Senate.  In the event the 
  2-23  committee makes a report of its findings and 
  2-24  recommendations, with suggestions for proposed legislation, 
  2-25  if any, such report shall be made on or before December 15, 
  2-26  1998.  The committee shall stand abolished on December 15, 
  2-27  1998. 

Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98