Advocates for Georgia's Elderly Since 1953


GHCA Applauds Lt. Governor Duncan, Senate Leadership on Inclusion of Funding for Nursing Centers in Proposed Amended FY2021 Budget

For Immediate Release
Feb. 10, 2021

Devon Barill, Director of Communications
(678) 783-1703


Stockbridge, GA - Tony Marshall, President & CEO of the Georgia Health Care Association (GHCA), today commended the Georgia Senate for passing an Amended FY 2021 State Budget (HB 80) that retains a 5% increase to the Medicaid rate growth allowance for skilled nursing centers included in the House version. This increase amounts to an additional $19.3M in state funds ($58.7M in total funds) and is retroactive to July 1, 2020.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, our state's long term care communities continue to experience acute financial hardships that threaten to negatively impact their ability to care for vulnerable seniors,” said Marshall. “We thank Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, Appropriations Committee Chairman Blake Tillery and Senate Subcommittee for Community Health Chairman Dean Burke for safeguarding long term care services to meet the needs of elderly Georgians now and in the future.
“We remain dedicated to working with the Governor's Office and the legislature to make certain the Amended FY 2021 Budget includes funding for long term care in its final passage. Additionally, we continue to participate in dialogue regarding the FY 2022 State Budget to ensure the care and safety of long term care residents continues to be prioritized.”
About GHCA
The Georgia Health Care Association is a non-profit association of skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, and home and community based case managers called SOURCE. Advocates for Georgia's elderly since 1953, the Association represents the best interests of patients, residents and consumers as well as owners, administrators, and other personnel. GHCA strives to enhance the ability of its members to provide competent and compassionate care to meet the ever-changing health care needs of elderly Georgians. For more information, visit