TITLE OF BILL: An act relating to establishing the aging in place
task force, and providing for its powers and duties
This task force is charged with determining the ability of a person to
live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and
comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level" (according
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Aging in place task force. There is hereby established
within the office for the aging an aging in place task force. The
purpose of the task force shall be to study how the state can
encourage aging in place including, but not limited to, an examination
(a) infrastructure and transportation improvements,
(b) zoning changes to facilitate home care,
(c) enhanced nutrition programs and delivery options,
(d) improved fraud and abuse protections,
(e) expansion of home medical care options,
(f) tax incentives, and
(g) incentives for private insurance.
§ 2. The aging in place task force shall consist of a total of six
teen members and shall include: the commissioner of the state office
of temporary and disability assistance or his or her designee; the
director of the office for the aging or his or her designee; the
chairperson and ranking member of the standing senate and assembly
committees of aging or his or her designee; two people appointed by
the governor; two people appointed by the temporary president of the
senate; one person appointed by the majority leader of the senate; one
person appointed by the minority leader of the senate; two people
appointed by the speaker of the assembly; one person appointed by the
majority leader of the assembly; and one person appointed by the
minority leader of the assembly. The chairperson and ranking members
of the standing senate and assembly committees of aging and the
appointees of the temporary president of the senate, majority leader
of the senate, minority leader of the senate, speaker of the assembly,
majority leader of the assembly and minority leader of the assembly
may be members of the legislature. All appointments to the aging in
place task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the
effective date of this act. Any vacancy shall be filled by the
§ 3. There shall be two chairpersons selected from among the members
of the aging in place task force. One chairperson shall be selected by
the temporary president of the senate and one chairperson shall be
selected by the speaker of the assembly. Such chairperson shall
schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no
later than sixty days after the effective date of this act.
§ 4. The members of the aging in place task force shall serve without
compensation, except that members shall be allowed their necessary and
actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties under this
§ 5. The office for the aging shall provide the aging in place task
force with such facilities, assistance, and data as will enable such
task force to carry out its powers and duties. Additionally, all other
departments or agencies of the state or subdivisions thereof shall, at
the request of the chairpersons, provide such task force with such
facilities, assistance, and data as will enable such task force to
carry out its powers and duties.
§ 6. The aging in place task force shall issue a report of its
findings and recommendations to the governor, the temporary president
of the senate and the speaker of the assembly no later than January 1,
§ 7. The aging in place task force shall terminate on the date that it
submits the report required in section six of this act or December 31,
2015, whichever is later.
§ 8. This act shall take effect immediately.
None exist at this time
If you're like the majority of Americans, you want to continue living
in a familiar environment throughout your maturing years.
In life, sooner or later, the house that was built for an "average"
family does not work and one of the greatest concerns people have as
they grow older is that they may have to leave their home. In fact an
AARP survey found the number of Americans desiring to stay in their
homes for the rest of their lives, to "Age in Place", to be greater
Aging in Place means living in your homes safely, independently and
comfortably, regardless of age or ability level.
Whether for physical, geographic, or monetary reasons, much of the
aging population will someday have to face this issue. This possibly
means leaving behind a comfortable living space, family, a familiar
community and many memories. In addition, a certain amount of control
is lost when a person gives up their home. This "control" provides the
bases to our feelings of dignity, quality of life and independence.
One's Home, their Haven, is a strong element in that sense of
As health care costs rise and stays at hospitals or even transitional
care get shorter, the aging population must decide how they want to
spend their hard earned dollars.
The purpose of the task force is to examine the needs of senior
citizens and in doing so the appropriate state agencies will be able
to encourage aging in place including, but not limited to, an
examination of the above mentioned concerns.
To be determined.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined
This act shall take effect immediately.
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