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AARP Leaders and Activists in Iowa Continue to Urge Passage of the 'CARE Act' This Year


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(OPEN):
A BILL TO INCLUDE IOWA FAMILY-CAREGIVERS IN HOSPITAL-DISCHARGE PLANS--THE "2018 IOWA 'CARE' ACT"--HAS BEEN INTRODUCED, THIS YEAR, AT THE STATE-CAPITOL.  BUT, TIME IS RUNNING OUT, TO GET IT PASSED.  A BROAD COALITION OF IOWA-GROUPS IS URGING STATE-LAWMAKERS TO GET THE JOB DONE, THIS SESSION.  TONY VOLA--WITH THE "OLDER-IOWANS LEGISLATURE"--SAYS...

(VOLA):
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THE '2018 IOWA "CARE" ACT' IS A NO-COST, COMMONSENSE STEP, TO ADOPT A MINIMUM-STANDARD OF SUPPORT FOR FAMILY-CAREGIVERS--WHEN THEIR LOVED-ONES GO INTO THE HOSPITAL, AND AS THEY TRANSITION BACK HOME.  IN STATES WHERE SIMILAR LAWS ARE IN PLACE, HEALTHCARE-PROVIDERS REPORT BENEFITS FOR FAMILY-CAREGIVERS--AND A REDUCTION IN UNNECESSARY RE-HOSPITALIZATIONS."

(BRIDGE):
IOWA IS ONE OF ONLY 14 STATES WITHOUT A LAW LIKE THE "2018 IOWA 'CARE' ACT" ALREADY IN EFFECT.  STACY FRELUND ["FREE-LUND"]--WITH THE "AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION'S" "MIDWEST AFFILIATES"--SAYS...

(FRELUND):
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MANY IOWA-HOSPITALS WORK TO PROVIDE THE BEST-POSSIBLE CARE, FOR THEIR PATIENTS.  BUT, TOO MANY OF IOWA'S FAMILY-CAREGIVERS--FROM ACROSS THE STATE--ARE NOT INVOLVED IN RECEIVING INSTRUCTION, ABOUT THE MEDICAL TASKS [THAT] THEY NEED TO PERFORM."

(BRIDGE):
50-PERCENT OF IOWA'S FAMILY-CAREGIVERS REPORT NOT RECEIVING INSTRUCTIONS, PRIOR TO PATIENT-DISCHARGE.  CHUCK BETTS, FROM KEOKUK, SAYS...

(BETTS):
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LAST YEAR, MY WIFE AND I CARED FOR OUR ADULT-DAUGHTER, FOLLOWING MAJOR SURGERY.  WE QUICKLY REALIZED THAT WE DIDN'T RECEIVE THE INSTRUCTION [THAT] WE NEEDED, FROM THE HOSPITAL, TO PERFORM MEDICAL TASKS FOR HER, AT HOME--LIKE CLEANING THE WOUND, AND HANDLING MULTIPLE MEDICATIONS, AT THE RIGHT TIMES."

(BRIDGE):
317-THOUSAND IOWANS ARE FAMILY-CAREGIVERS--PROVIDING UNPAID CARE, FOR THEIR LOVED-ONES, THAT'S VALUED AT ABOUT THREE-POINT-EIGHT-BILLION DOLLARS, ANNUALLY.  KENT SOVERN [LIKE "SOVEREIGN"]--WITH "A-A-R-P IOWA"--SAYS...

(SOVERN):
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EVEN HEALTHCARE-PROVIDER GROUPS WHO HAD CONCERNS ABOUT THE '2018 IOWA "CARE" ACT' HAVE AGREED TO THIS LATEST VERSION OF THE HOUSE-BILL.  IOWA'S CAREGIVING-FAMILIES ARE COUNTING ON THEIR STATE-LAWMAKERS, TO PASS THIS CONSENSUS-LANGUAGE--THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION."

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TO LEARN MORE, VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"I-A-CARE-ACT-20-18".



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