A Georgia House panel Monday approved a bill that would toughen penalties for operating an unlicensed personal care home, raising a first offense to a felony from a misdemeanor. The vote came after compelling testimony from Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn, who described to the House Health and Human Services Committee two cases of abuse in unlicensed Cobb County homes.
The health insurance exchanges will open to consumers in less than a week and the Better Business Bureau is warning consumers not to be fooled by people trying to take advantage of confusion over the Affordable Care Act. “When any new government program comes out, typically there’s a lot of confusion,” explained Dottie Callina with the Metro Atlanta BBB.
Georgia’s Secretary of State’s Office and the non-profit Investor Protection Trust are teaming up to train doctors to include financial questions during check-ups with older patients. Georgia is among 22 states using funding from the Trust to combat what experts believe will be a growing problem as baby boomers age - scammers targeting people in the early stages of dementia or who are confused about their finances.