In addition to the tighter controls on Group Homes (which are populated in large part by seniors), Austin Lawmakers have taken other positive steps for seniors in Texas. Thanks go to the lawmakers, and to AARP who worked side by side with the lawmakers to pass these positive reforms. Highlights include:
1) Improved access to medical services thanks to a new law that encourages and trains doctors to accept Medicaid, and makes it easier for nurses to see patients and write prescriptions.
2) New reforms that enable low income seniors to receive community based long-term care at home via Medicaid allowing more to stay in their homes thereby saving tax dollars.
3) Increasing the minimum wage for community-based caregivers and increasing the provisions to facilities that accept Medicaid, and moving the management of Medicaid funded facilities to STAR+PLUS managed care who offers basic medical coverage and encourages independent living and medical checkups.
4) Reform to protect seniors from financial abuse by clarifying powers of attorney which will make it easier to stop the bad apples from abusing their powers for personal gain.