May is Older Adults Month, and whether we call them seniors, older adults, or the elderly, they are the carriers of our families’ histories, the teachers of our faith traditions, the ones who our sacred texts call “the wise” and “the elders.” We are bound by our faith to care for and protect the generation who cared for and protected us. Yet, honoring that responsibility can be emotionally and financially trying for many Georgia families.
Georgia’s Medicaid program helps to relieve the stress and burden for many seniors and their families across the state. It helps to fill in the gaps left by Medicare, by covering the premiums and co-pays of more than 300,000 low-income Georgia seniors so they can use their limited resources for other needs like housing and food. Medicaid also covers services like homecare workers and home modifications that allow older adults to stay in their homes instead of moving to a costly institution. If the time comes when a higher level of care is needed, Medicaid is the primary payer for 75% of nursing home stays in Georgia, a service not covered by Medicare. Georgia’s Medicaid program provides the supports that ensure that seniors in our state can live dignified, comfortable and healthy lives in their later years.
As members of the interfaith community, it is important that we support systems that help take care of our elders. You can help to protect the thousands of Georgia seniors who rely on Medicaid for their care and comfort today. Call Senator Isakson at 202-224-3643 and ask him to protect older adults in Georgia by rejecting cuts to Medicaid and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Visit protectourcarega.org for more information and to take action!