‘Silver-Haired’ group lists top priorities
The top 10 “priorities of concern” identified by the recent session of the Texas Silver Haired Legislature in Austin have been listed as follows by SHL Speaker Walter Graham:
• Preserve $60 per month as the minimum level for the personal needs allowance for Medicaid residents of nursing homes.
• Mandate geriatric education be required in all Texas Schools of Health Care Education and Studies.
• Preserve or increase funding for home-delivered meals.
• Re qu i re 20 p erc ent of continuing education courses in ger iatr ic medicine for a health care professional whose patient population contains at least 35 percent Medicare recipients.
• Cap annual property valuation increases to no more than 5 percent per year.
• Ensure that patients or their guardians receive full disclosure about any drug substitute.
• Request funds to expand Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
• Increase state contribution rate to Texas Retired Teachers Pension Fund by one-half of one percent.
• Enable a basic Texas Statutory Will.
• Financial support for the Texas Silver-haired Legislature.
Graham said 96 resolutions were pre-filed by the membership during the Silver-Haired L egislature session and 74 were adopted for consideration by the 82nd Texas Legislature.