Friday, November 3, 2023

Silver Haired Legislature Making Strides

 The 50th annual conference of the Silver Haired Legislature took place in Jefferson City on October 17, 18 and 19 chose their top five priorities for the 2024 legislative session which are:

1. Increase funding for transportation to provide additional options for seniors

2. Increase accessibility to public buildings for individuals with disabilities 

3. Require special dementia training in long-term care facilities

4. Increase the Medicaid personal needs allowances to $100 per month

5. Money recovered by Mo Healthnet is to be returned to Healthnet, not the general fund.

This year, top priorities for SHL are no income tax on Social Security income and freezing real estate taxes as long as residents remain in their homes.

The Silver Haired Legislature was founded in 1973 (now celebrating their 50th anniversary), was the first in the nation after the Older Americans Act was amended to include advocacy groups. The SHL is composed of fifteen volunteers from each of the ten statewide  Area Agencies on Aging. These 150 senior advocates, elected by their peers, identify and advocate for issues critical to older Missourians. To learn more and keep up to date go to https://health.mo.gov/seniors/silverhaired

Composed by Mid America Live 



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