Honoring Work that Matters for Seniors, our Fifth Annual Spring Awards Luncheon, will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Marriott Downtown from 11:30-1:00 pm.
Come celebrate with us as we honor five very special individuals who have done outstanding work to improve the quality of life of older Rhode Islanders. The honorees are: former Representative Elaine Coderre, Karen Mensel, Senator Gayle Goldin, Mary Lou Moran, and Meg Underwood.
A delicious plated meal will be served. Tickets are $60/pp with a discount on tables of eight. Purchase them by phone at 401.351.6710 or online at: https://sacluncheon.eventbrite.com.
Our 12th Anniversary Fall Conference & Expo will convene this fall on Friday, November 1 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick from 8 to noon. Watch for specific information over the summer.
The Senior Agenda Coalition held our third annual Legislative Leaders Forum on March 5. Before a large audience Senator Dominick Ruggerio, President of the RI Senate, and Representative Joseph Shekarchi, the House Majority Leader (representing the Speaker of the House) responded positively to our six top priority legislation and budget requests for this session: 1) Continued funding of the No-Fare RIPTA Bus Pass Program serving 18,000 low-income seniors and persons living with disabilities; 2) Funding for an Independent Provider (IP) homecare option under Medicaid; 3) Expanding eligibility to more people for a “Co-Pay” homecare program where individuals and the state would share the costs; 4) $185,000 in funding for respite care for seniors’ volunteer caregivers; 5) Elevating the status of the RI Division of Elderly Affairs to an “office” reporting directly to the Governor; and 6) Increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates for agencies providing homecare.
Governor Gina Raimondo has included funding for all of these requests, except respite care, in her FY 2020 budget. The Forum concluded with questions from the audience. Several questioners asked about funding for other senior programs. The leaders repeated the phrases, “ tough budget year” and “structural deficit,” while reminding us that our requests needed to be balanced with other needs.
For a video of the proceedings, go to:
SAGE representatives, from left, Tai Bacani, Bob O'Neil, Cathy Gorman, The Rev. Donnie Anderson, and Marjorie Moskol