Maryland General Assembly

LEGISLATIVE ACHIEVEMENTS

2000 SB 146/ (HB 1295) “Continuing Care Communities – Certificate of Need Exemption – Direct Admission”

2001 – MaCCRA supported House Bill 472 – ‘Continuing Care Agreements – Designation of a Beneficiary – Entrance Fee’

2002 – MaCCRA supported Senate Bill 355 ‘Department of Aging – Continuing Care Retirement Communities – Regulation

House Bill 321 (Ch. 57) (Del. Malone, et al.) / Senate Bill 180 (Sen. Bromwell) – ‘Continuing Care Communities – Direct Admissions Into Comprehensive Care Nursing Bed – Repeal of Abrogation Provision’

2004 – Passage of Grievance Procedure (House Bill 1001 (Delegate Goldwater, et al)/ Se

nate Bill 785 (Senator Klausmeier) “Continuing Care Facilities – Internal Grievance Procedure”

2006 Senate Bill 103 Sponsored by the Chairman, Finance Committee (By Request – Department of Aging) – “Continuing Care Contracts”

2008 House Bill 1351 – Continuing Care Retirement Communities – Subscriber Grievances

2009 – House Bill 843 (Del. Mary Ann Love, et al) “Continuing Care Retirement Communities – Internal Grievance Procedure and Mediation”

2012 Senate Bill 485 (Senator Kelley, et al) and House Bill 556 (Delegate Hubbard)

 

MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGING

MaCCRA works with the Department of Aging to protect the rights and quality of life of older persons in Maryland. To meet the needs of senior citizens, the Department administers programs throughout the State, primarily through local “area agencies” on aging. Area agencies administer State and federal funds for local senior citizen programs. These programs include advocacy services, health education, housing, information and referral, in-home services, and nutrition (Maryland Annotated Code Human Services Article, secs. 10-201 through 10-214).

The Department monitors and provides technical assistance to a network of nineteen area agencies on aging that serve all counties and Baltimore City. Grants of federal and State funds for local programs to serve the elderly are provided by the federal Older Americans Act (Title III), the federal Food and Agriculture Act (sec. 700), and State general funds. Area agencies also receive local funds, private donations, and contributions from program participants.

The Department of Aging works through five divisions: Budget and Fiscal Services; Client and Community Services; Continuing Care; Housing Services; and Program Development. The Department is aided by the Commission on Aging and the Financial Review Committee.