“Ageing well” law: for the government, no “big night” but “continuous reform”

French Minister for Solidarity, Autonomy and People with Disabilities, Jean-Christophe Combe, attends a session of questions to the government at the National Assembly, in Paris, on April 11, 2023.

Jean-Christophe Combe, Minister for Solidarity, Autonomy and Disabled People, made a strong point of obtaining a majority in the National Assembly for this bill (PPL) on ” measures to build a society of aging well in France”, which he considers “consensual”. A text of 14 articles submitted by the three majority groups (Renaissance, MoDem, Horizons) which aims to fight against the loss of autonomy and against the mistreatment of the elderly.

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On the first day of the PPL exam, Tuesday, April 11, a first step was taken with difficulty. The left, the ecologists and the Republicans defended a preliminary motion of dismissal, intended to adjourn the examination of the text. Motion defeated… narrowly. Of 307 voting deputies, 141 voted for, 166 against. The National Rally voted against, the Liberties, Independents, Overseas and Territories group abstained.

By defending this PPL, the content of which he validated upstream, Mr. Combe claims not to remain a prisoner of the renunciation of Emmanuel Macron to bring a law for old age, regularly promised during his first term but finally abandoned. “We worked with the deputies” on “concrete measures that tackle everyday problems, consensual, which are ready and deserve to be implemented in law extremely quickly”, pleaded the minister. “The questions we are going to ask ourselves are very practical,” he insisted.

Among the main measures of the PPL is the creation of a professional card intended for home helpers working with the elderly and disabled, on the model of the caduceus of doctors. The text also establishes the principle of financial aid to departmental councils which will contribute to equipping home help services with a fleet of non-polluting vehicles.

” Lack of courage “

To fight against the isolation of the elderly, the PPL authorizes town halls to access the files of beneficiaries of the personalized autonomy allowance (APA), managed by the departments. Any recipient of the APA could be automatically registered in the municipal register of people to contact in the event of a heat wave or health crisis. These lists have so far been compiled on the basis of a voluntary process of registering people or their relatives. There is also provision for the recognition of a right of visit for residents of nursing homes.

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