Increasing supports for the more than 540,000 Iowa family caregivers so they can more confidently care for their loved ones in their homes and communities tops the list of priorities AARP Iowa will be working on during the 2015 legislative session. AARP is focusing on passage of model legislation, The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act to better support family caregivers as they safely help Iowa seniors stay at home.
More than 10,000 Iowans from across the state joined AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern, Advocacy Director Anthony Carroll, and AARP telecommunications policy advocate Coralette Hannon for a discussion on emerging issues in the Iowa State Legislature, including a new proposal that would change Iowa's existing laws for oversight of landline telephone service.
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.
A new study from the AARP Public Policy Institute calculates that each dollar paid to Social Security beneficiaries in Iowa generates nearly two dollars ($1.74) in spending by individuals and businesses, adding about $13.5 billion in total economic output to the Iowa economy – contributing to the $1.4 trillion total economic output Social Security added to the national economy – in 2012. The report finds the $8.3 billion paid in Social Security benefits to Iowans in 2012 helped create or maintain more than 95,000 jobs.
With the July 1 enactment of the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan/Senate File 446 expanding access to affordable health care for all Iowans, more than 150,000 Iowans without health care coverage will have the security of knowing they can get the health care they need.
DES MOINES — AARP applauds Iowa Senate and Iowa House passage of Senate File 446 that will provide health coverage for low income Iowans by expanding Medicaid.
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