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The Older Iowans Legislature is a statewide non-partisan, non-profit volunteer organization. Its members advocate for state legislators and the Governor to sign legislation that will result in an improved “Quality of Life for Older Iowans”.

The Older Iowans Legislature places special emphasis on the frail elderly; those citizens who have contributed much to our society, but have exhausted their resources and in need of assistance to lead meaningful lives.

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The Board of Directors of the Older Iowans Legislature on January 19, 2016 gave final approval to the three Older Iowans Legislature Priority Bills to be submitted to the 2016 session of the Iowa General Assembly:

  • OIL Bill 15-01: A bill for actions to expand the current scope of options to deal with elder abuse in Iowa
  • OIL Bill 15-02: A bill as a letter of recommendation from the Older Iowans Legislature to the Iowa General Assembly in support of the FY 17 Budgets for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, the Office of Substitute Decision Maker, and the Iowa’s Aging and Disability Center
  • OIL Bill 15-03: A bill for an act relating to the designation of a caregiver relating to a patient’s stay at a hospital. (Note: OIL Bill 15-03 is the same as Senate File 465)

On January 19, 2016 the Board of Directors of the Older Iowans Legislature took the following actions:

  • The Board designated Tuesday February 16, 2016 as the Older Iowans Legislature’s OIL DAY ON THE HILL when members and friends of the Older Iowans Legislature are invited to visit the Iowa Senate and House and advocate for the OIL Priority Bills. Information on the full agenda for the February 16 OIL DAY ON THE HILL will be forthcoming.
  • The Board discussed the feasibility of certain OIL members registering as lobbyists for the Older Iowans Legislature during the 2016 session of the Iowa General Assembly.
  • The Board reviewed the proposed updated design of the OIL web site, made some additional amendments, and then approved the new design of the now updated web site for the Older Iowans Legislature.
  • The Board met with House Speaker Linda Upmeyer in her office at the Capitol and presented her with the Older Iowans Legislature Priority Bills described above.

 

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2016 PRIORITY BILLS OF THE OLDER IOWANS LEGISLATURE

The Older Iowans Legislature Priority Bills to be submitted to the 2016 session of the Iowa General Assembly include:

  • OIL Bill 15-01: A bill for actions to expand the current scope of options to deal with elder abuse in Iowa.
    • Establish a task force to address the lack of appropriate facilities for residents who are sexually aggressive or combative
    • Establish a multidisciplinary approach to address the education, prevention, detection, reporting, data collection, and investigation of elder abuse
    • Establish tax credit for caregivers
    • Utilize LifeLong Links (the Aging and Disability Resource Centers) as the depository from all entities dealing with elder abuse
  • OIL Bill 15-02: A bill as a letter of recommendation from the Older Iowans Legislature to the Iowa General Assembly in support of the FY 17 Budgets for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, the Office of the Substitute Decision Maker, and Iowa’s Aging and Disability Resource Center.
    • Approval by the Iowa General Assembly of $2,300,000 for the maintenance of and adequate staffing of LifeLong Links coordinated by the Iowa Area Agencies on Aging who have been appointed to be Iowa’s Aging and Disability Resource Center.
    • Approval of the Iowa Department on Aging’s FY 17 Budget and specifically $325.000 for the Office of the Substitute Decision Maker.
    • Approval of the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman (OLSTCO) FY 17 Budget and specifically for long-term care ombudsmen, volunteer program coordinators, and Medicaid managed care ombudsmen.
  • OIL Bill 15-03: A bill for act relating to the designation of a caregiver relating to a patient’s stay at a hospital. (Note: OIL Bill 15-03 is the same as Senate File 465.)
    • The designation of a caregiver relative to an inpatient admission of a patient to a hospital to provide after-care assistance to the patient upon discharge of the patient to the patient’s residence.
    • Requires a hospital to provide each patient an opportunity to designate at least one caregiver following the patient’s entry into a hospital, and prior to the patient’s discharge or transfer to another hospital or facility.
    • Requires a hospital to notify the patient’s caregiver of the patient’s discharge or transfer to another hospital or facility as soon as possible upon issuance of a discharge or transfer order by the patient’s attending physician.
    • As soon as possible and prior to a patient’s discharge from a hospital, the hospital is required to consult with the caregiver along with the patient regarding the caregiver’s capabilities and limitations and issue a discharge plan that describes the patient’s after-care assistance needs at the patient’s residence.
    • The bill directs the department of inspections and appeals to adopt rules, in cooperation with the department of public health, to administer the bill.

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