**ELECTION PRIMARIES HAVE BEGUN **
Important Election Dates:
May 13 / Deadline to request absentee ballot
Download or call Gwinnett Board of Elections (678-226-7210) to have a request form sent to you.
NOTE: check box AND check reason on the back of the request to automatically receive ballots for the remainder of the year.
May 2nd - 20th / Early Voting (7 AM - 7 PM)
7 days/week, including weekends
NOTE: Disabled and those over 75 can go to the front of the line.
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Election Reminders - Google Slides.pdf
GEORGIA'S CAREGIVERS' ACT
Across our state family caregivers help their older parents, spouses, adults and children with disabilities, and other loved ones so they can live independently in their homes and communities—instead of in costly, taxpayer-funded institutions. They assist with meal preparation, managing finances, transportation, and much more.
Many Georgia family caregivers also perform medical or nursing tasks for their loved ones like complex medication management, wound care, and injections. Yet most receive little or no training for these important duties. That’s why
AARP Georgia is asking the Georgia state legislature to support caregiving families with a no-cost, commonsense bill called the Georgia Caregivers Act:
The Act requires three primary elements:
• Identify: The patient identifies a caregiver upon admission to the hospital
• Notify: The caregiver is notified of the plan to discharge the patient home
• Instruct: The caregiver is given live instruction and training on the medical and nursing tasks to be performed at home.
In 2021, more than half of Georgia’s hospitals were penalized for excessive patient readmissions. The Georgia Caregivers Act could help. In states where the CARE Act is law, nurses and other health and social service professionals
say it has helped them engage with family caregivers and reduce unnecessary re-hospitalizations.
The Georgia Caregivers Act passed unanimously in both the House and Senate and is now on Governor Kemp's desk awaiting his signature! AARP Georgia thanks bill sponsors - Representative Lee Hawkins and Senator Dean Burke - for their efforts to support family caregivers in
Are you wondering what Georgia's New Voting Legislation does? Click here for an overview prepared by Steve Toggerson.
USE YOUR POWER, RAISE YOUR VOICE...TO MAKE YOUR CHOICE KNOWN AND YOUR COMMUNITY BETTER
(Prepared by Steve Toggerson)
To contact your legislator:
Step 1: Go to openstates.org
Step 2: Select Georgia from the drop-down menu
Step 3: Click on "Legislators"
Step 4: Enter your full address (including zip code)
Step 5: Click on your legislator's name for phone # and email address.
When you make contact, follow these useful pointers:
- Ask to speak to your Representative or Senator by title & last name (Expect to speak with a staff member)
- Let them know you are a constituent
- Reference bill # (HB1304) and nickname (The Caregivers Act)
- Ask if legislator can support the bill (allows a designee of the patient to serve as assistant, and be taught, along with the patient, the discharge summary of home care prior to leaving the hospital)
- Be brief / don't argue / thank them for their time
NOTE: The pointers reference a specific bill, but they are applicable to any bill of interest.
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