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Friday, April 1, 2011

2 Adult Protection Bills Signed Into law; Medicaid Budget Balanced

On Wednesday, March 23, 2011, Gov. Steve Beshear signed two measures into law aimed at better protecting elderly and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.  At the time of the signing, he praised the laws as “a step forward in safeguarding our seniors.”

House Bill 52, sponsored by Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, bars people convicted of abusing or neglecting vulnerable adults from managing the affairs of their victims by acting as a guardian or power of attorney. It also prohibits them from inheriting from their victims or serving as executor of their estates.
 
The other adult protection bill Beshear signed is HB 164, sponsored by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville. It creates uniform guardianship standards and allows Kentucky to recognize those of other states that have a similar law.
 
One measure that failed to get through the legislature was a bill to create a registry of people found to have abused or neglected adults, similar to the state’s a child abuse registry. That bill passed the House but died in the Senate.
 
On March 25, 2011, Governor Beshear signed HB 1, a bill to balance Kentucky's Medicaid budget, but only after making several vetos.  The vetos remove cuts to education as well as other provisions, leaving what amounts to his original proposal for dealing with the program’s funding shortfall.  That plan is to basically borrow $166.5 million from next year's Medicaid budget and then make up next year's shortfall by moving Medicaid to a managed-care system.  When the legislature reconvenes, the House is expected to approve the vetos and the bill, as vetoed, will become law.

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