(Austin, TX – January 8, 2019) Today marks the first day of the 86th Texas Legislature. This session, LeadingAge Texas will lead efforts to promote a policy agenda focused on strengthening quality care, the long-term care workforce, and access to services and supports for aging Texans.
As the population rapidly ages we face an important challenge to ensure aging services providers have the necessary resources to serve older Texans.
Our agenda is shaped by the principles that guide mission-driven, not-for-profit aging services providers. We look forward to working with the Legislature to bring practical solutions to the issues facing our field, the people we serve today and will serve in the future.
Some of the issues LeadingAge Texas will advocate for include:
Initiatives that encourage health care professionals to enter geriatrics and long-term care settings.
Ongoing support for Medicaid reimbursement rates that reflect the actual cost of care and focus payments on quality outcomes and adequate direct-care staffing.
Responsible solutions that will achieve more efficient and sustainable funding strategies for long-term services and supports.
Preservation and new development of affordable senior housing options in both rural and urban areas of Texas.
Greater access to routine services that promote independence and consumer choice.
A regulatory framework that enables patient-centered care.
Measures to help prevent financial abuse and exploitation of nursing facility residents by family and caregivers.
Solutions to improve service delivery under STAR+PLUS Medicaid Managed Care.