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Top Three Legislative Priorities for 2015
to be presented to the first Session of the 121st General Assembly of South Carolina
 
1st - FUNDING FOR IN-HOME AND COMMUNITY- BASED SERVICES
 WHEREAS, The South Carolina older citizen population is growing rapidly;
WHEREAS, Most older adults prefer to age in place;
WHEREAS, In-home and community-based services are less costly than institutional care and greatly reduce
costs to older adults, their families and taxpayers;
 
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA SILVER HAIRED LEGISLATURE: That the South Carolina General
Assembly enact and the Governor sign legislation to provide funds as requested by the Lieutenant Governor's
Office on Aging for in-home and community-based services.
 
 
2nd - FUNDING FOR GUARDIAN ad litem PROGRAM FOR VULNERABLE ADULTS
 WHEREAS, Chapter 35, Adult Protection, Article 1, Section 43-35-10 of the South Carolina Code of Laws requires that within 10 days following the filing of a petition by the  South Carolina Department of Social Services, the Family Court must appoint a guardian ad litem to represent a vulnerable adult faced with court proceedings;
WHEREAS, That the law does not provide adequate funding for the volunteer program that it mandates;
WHEREAS, There is an ongoing need for a volunteer guardian ad litem program as reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults continue to increase each year;
 
 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA SILVER HAIRED LEGISLATURE: That the South Carolina General
Assembly enact and the Governor sign legislation to provide adequate recurring funding for guardian ad litem statute.
 
 
 3rd - ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR THE ABUSED ELDERLY
 WHEREAS, Adult protective departments across the state of South Carolina have had significant problems providing emergency shelters for the elderly who are victims of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation;
WHEREAS, Adult protective agencies and volunteers are attempting to provide round-the-clock care for vulnerable seniors who are placed in jeopardy because of frailty and dependence.
WHEREAS, Existing funds are inadequate to provide the necessary shelter, rent, services needed to care for the increasing number of elderly victims of abuse who must be removed from their residences;
 
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA SILVER HAIRED LEGISLATURE;  That the General Assembly enact and the Governor sign legislation to provide adequate statewide funding for necessary life-sustaining shelter, rent, and services needed to care for elderly victims of abuse who must be removed from their places of residency.
 
 
 
Additional Legislative Priorities for 2015
 
 
RESTORING GERIATRIC LOAN FORGIVENESS FUNDING
WHEREAS, The Geriatric Loan Forgiveness Program was created by the South Carolina General Assembly as
an incentive to recruit physician specialists to meet the health needs of the South Carolina's senior population
by offsetting up to $50,000 in medical school loans in return for an agreement that recipients stay in South
Carolina and treat Medicare and Medicaid patients for at least five years;
WHEREAS, The availablility of physicians for older South Carolinians is becoming increasingly acute;
WHEREAS, Medical students are incurring higher debt because school costs are rising;
 
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA SILVER HAIRED LEGISLATURE: That the  General Assembly declare recruitment and retention of certified geriatricians a priority by passage of a budget provision restoring the program to two positions per year, funding each position at $50,000 for a total of $100,000, and holding the program harmless from future budget cuts.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RESTORING GERIATRIC LOAN FORGIVENESS FUNDING
WHEREAS, The Geriatric Loan Forgiveness Program was created by the South Carolina General Assembly as
an incentive to recruit physician specialists to meet the health needs of the South Carolina's senior population
by offsetting up to $35,000 in medical school loans in return for an agreement that recipients stay in South
Carolina and treat Medicare and Medicaid patients for at least five years;
WHEREAS, The availablility of physicians for older South Carolinians is becoming increasingly acute;
WHEREAS, Medical students are incurring higher debt because school costs are rising;
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA SILVER HAIRED LEGISLATURE: That the South Carolina General
Assembly enact and the Governor sign legislation declaring recruitment and retention of certified geriatricians to
be a priority by passage of a budget provison restoring the program to two positions per year, funding each position at
$50,000 for a total of $100,000, and holding the program harmless from future budget cuts.
 
 
ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR THE ABUSED ELDERLY
WHEREAS, Adult protective departments across the state of South Carolina have had significant problems
providing emergency shelters for the elderly who are victims of abuse, neglect and/or exploitation;
WHEREAS, Adult agencies and volunteers are attempting to provide round-the-clock care for vulnerable seniors
who are placed in jeopardy because of frailty and dependence;
WHEREAS, Existing funds are inadequate to provide the necessary shelter, rent, and services needed to care
for the increasing number of elderly victims of abuse who must be removed from their residences;
 
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA SILVER HAIRED LEGISLATURE: That the South Carolina General
Assembly enact and the Governor sign legislation to provide adequate statewide funding for necessary life-
sustaining shelter, rent, and services needed to care for elderly victims of abuse who must be removed from their
places of residency.
 
RESTRUCTURING SENIOR PROGRAMS TO PREVENT DUPLICATION OF SERVICES TO SENIORS
WHEREAS, The senior citizens of South Carolina are increasing in number and longevity at a rapid pace;
WHEREAS, Adequate funding for senior services is a necessity, services are costly, and needs are great;
 
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA SILVER HAIRED LEGISLATURE: That the South Carolina General
Assembly enact and the Governor sign legislation to restructure state programs, thereby deleting duplication
of services, reducing costs, and improving delivery to senior citizens.
 
VOLUNTEER DRIVER LIABILITY
WHEREAS, Many seniors in South Carolin live in urban as well as rural areas, where public transportation is not
available or is very limited;
WHEREAS, Many seniors and persons with disabilities find it necessary to rely upon volunteer drivers to furnish
transportation for them to doctors, pharmacies, grocery stores, and other distinations;
WHEREAS, Many friends, neighbors and volunteers are reluctant to provide the needed transportation because
of the libility factor;
 
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA SILVER HAIRED LEGISLATURE: That the South Carolina General
Assembly enact and the Governor sign legislation to assure that volunteer licensed drivers who transport seniors
or persons with disabilities in insured vechicles shall not be liable beyond the coverage of their insurance. except
in the case of gross negligence.
 
REGULATION OF PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS
WHEREAS, Many of South Carolina's older citizens have some type of insurance that pays for prescription
medicines;
WHEREAS, Many insurance plans are administrated by Pharmacy Benefit Managers;
WHEREAS, Pharmacy Benefit Managers attempt to manipulate these plans by using alternate drugs instead
of those specifically prescribed by the physicians;
 
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA SILVER HAIRED LEGISLATURE: That the South Carolina General
Assembly enact and the Governor sign legislation forbidding Pharmacy Benefit Managers from manipulating
patients' choises of drugs and/or pharmacy providers.
 
IDENTIFICATION FOR IMPAIRED CITIZENS
WHEREAS, In South Carolina's 197 nursing homes and 450 residential care facilities, there are impaired residents
who may wander from their safe environments from time to time;
WHEREAS, These citizens may not be capable of communicating their names, addresses, or phone numbers
accurately;
 
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA SILVER HAIRED LEGISLATURE: That the South Carolina
General Assembly enact and the Governor sign legislation requiring long term care facilities to provide means
of identification to impaired residents according to guidelines allowed by HIPPA.