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Sovern Urges House to Pass CARE Act in Budget Bill

Posted on 04/19/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ablack/" title="Posts by Ann Black" rel="author">Ann Black</a> | AARP Iowa |

As the Iowa House debates the House Health and Human Services (HHS) Budget bill, House File 2460, AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern writes members about his recent hospitalization. Read his letter below describing the successful transitions he experienced having a designated caregiver and thorough instructions for his at-home care, measures called for in the CARE Act, which is included in HF 2460. April 19, 2016 Members of the Iowa House of Representatives: For most of my adult life, I …

Thanks House Leaders, Committee for Caring for Family Caregivers

Posted on 04/15/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ablack/" title="Posts by Ann Black" rel="author">Ann Black</a> | AARP Iowa |

Des Moines, April 15, 2016 – AARP applauds the Iowa House Appropriations Committee for including the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act in the House Health and Human Services (HHS) budget, HF 2460, which passed the House Appropriations Committee and now moves to the House floor. The CARE Act, introduced as HSB 564 in 2016, is commonsense legislation to better address the caring realities of Iowa’s estimated 317,000 caregivers, so that they are better prepared to care for their …

Senator Joni Ernst Introduces Credit for Caring Act

Posted on 04/12/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ablack/" title="Posts by Ann Black" rel="author">Ann Black</a> | AARP Iowa |

Last week on April 7, 2016, Senator Joni Ernst, along with others, introduced the Credit for Caring Act, which provides working family caregivers with up to a $3,000 nonrefundable tax credit for qualified expenses. This support from Sen. Ernst is vitally important, particularly for Iowans. Iowa has over 317,000 caregivers every year. These men and women contribute approximately $3.86 billion worth of unpaid care. The bill, beyond the $3,000 refund, has the following guidelines: Applicable for family caregiver expenses over …

Iowans Take a Stand for Social Security

Posted on 04/7/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ablack/" title="Posts by Ann Black" rel="author">Ann Black</a> | AARP Iowa |

For the past six months, AARP Iowa volunteers and staff worked tirelessly on the Take a Stand campaign, calling for presidential candidates to address their  plan to update Social Security for future sustainability. Activities launched in August 2015 at the Iowa State Fair and built steadily to the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses on February 1, 2016. “The things I do for AARP! Last night I put on my AARP “Take a Stand” t-shirt over my other clothing, went out and climbed …

Money Smart Week Iowa

Posted on 04/1/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ablack/" title="Posts by Ann Black" rel="author">Ann Black</a> | AARP Iowa |

Join AARP April 23-30, in partnership with Money Smart Week Iowa, to learn how to stretch your money and prepare for retirement security! On Tuesday, April 26th, Iowans around the state can learn about the latest tips, tools and resources to help plan for a more secure retirement future via a statewide telephone conference and webinar.  This online and by-phone conversation and webinar will discuss how to find a financial advisor, when to collect Social Security, and how to protect …

Sharpen up Your Driving Skills with AARP Smart Driver course

Posted on 04/1/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ablack/" title="Posts by Ann Black" rel="author">Ann Black</a> | AARP Iowa |

Refresh your driving skills and possibly earn a discount on your annual insurance premium by taking an AARP Driver Safety class in your community or online.  Classes are offered in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and cities across Iowa and the U.S.  Course fees are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Depending your your type of insurance, you may also receive a discount in addition to learning proven techniques to aid in your driving safety. Main topics covered in the …

Let the Games Begin!

Posted on 03/30/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ablack/" title="Posts by Ann Black" rel="author">Ann Black</a> | AARP Iowa |

This year, the Iowa Senior games has branched out with regional events planned for April in Council Bluffs and May in Cedar Rapids before the 30th annual Iowa Senior games in June in West Des Moines. Whether you’re just getting started or are a Senior Games veteran, the 2016 lineup of games and events offers something for sports fans and athletes of all skill levels. Connect with men and women 50+ who share an interest in healthy and active living. …

Iowa’s 9th Annual Statewide Bike to Work Week

Posted on 03/30/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ablack/" title="Posts by Ann Black" rel="author">Ann Black</a> | AARP Iowa |

May is National Bike Month and this year more cities and communities across Iowa are hosting events and programs to encourage more Iowans to use bikes for recreation and transportation. In Des Moines, AARP Iowa is excited to be part of the Central Iowa Bike Month Kick off event on May 6 at the Confluence Brewing Company.  The official event begins at 6:30 PM. For more information for Des Moines, go to www.dsmbikecollective.org The statewide Bike to Work Week is set …

Fraud Watch Network Steps Up Warnings About IRS Imposter Scam

Posted on 03/24/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ablack/" title="Posts by Ann Black" rel="author">Ann Black</a> | AARP Iowa |

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As federal regulators report a surge in tax-related fraud schemes, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched a campaign to help protect consumers from the “IRS imposter scam.” Criminals impersonating agents of the Internal Revenue Service are an growing threat to taxpayers, according to the IRS.  These con artists telephone people and tell them that they are in serious trouble for non-payment of back taxes. The callers threaten victims with police arrest, court action, confiscation of property, …

Advocates To State Legislature: “Pass the CARE Act this Session”

Posted on 03/15/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ablack/" title="Posts by Ann Black" rel="author">Ann Black</a> | AARP Iowa |

DES MOINES, March 14, 2016 – AARP Iowa and other aging advocates including the Alzheimer’s Association, Older Iowans Legislature, and The Hale Group met at the Iowa State Capitol on Monday to urge the Iowa Legislature to take action to support the growing ranks of Iowa’s unpaid family caregivers during the 2016 session by passing the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act (HSB 564 and SF 465) as part of one of the budget bills. With the second legislative policy …