AARP welcomed members of the Iowa House and Senate back to the 85th General Assembly with delivery of its new state priorities executive summary. Key areas of focus for 2014 are advocating for more affordable, accessible and adequate health care and long term care, promoting financial security for Iowans and keeping utility costs affordable.
“Overall, our 2014 priorities reflect an emphasis on our mission of improving quality of life for older Iowans, consist with policies adopted by AARP’s national board of directors, and opinion surveys of our more than 380,000 members in Iowa,” said Kent Sovern, AARP Iowa State Director. “We are looking forward to working with our GREAT volunteers to enact meaningful legislation protecting the needs of all Iowans as we age.”
Among specific proposals, we are urging the 2014 Iowa General Assembly to finally deliver on the consensus recommendations of two years of legislative-created Taskforces on Elder Abuse and commit to strengthening laws and an infrastructure to better combat financial abuse in Iowa.
Sovern and Advocacy Director Anthony Carroll discuss the opening of the 2014 session