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Tell General Assembly: Pass CARE Act

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AARP advocates in Iowa say it’s high time their state joined dozens of others in helping family caregivers be prepared to provide medical care when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay.

The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act was introduced in the Iowa General Assembly in the last three sessions, but the legislation has yet to reach a floor vote. The bill, already enacted in 39 states and territories, would let every hospital patient in Iowa designate a family caregiver and would help the caregiver provide competent follow-up care after the patient is released.

“Our lawmakers have failed to make assisting family caregivers a priority,” said Anthony Carroll, AARP associate state director for advocacy. “We need AARP members to tell their legislators that improving caregivers’ lives is our priority and should be theirs as well.”

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