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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”.

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Older Iowans Legislature Has Success in Recent Legislative Session

Older Iowans will be the beneficiaries of several pieces of legislation, which were promoted by members of the Older Iowans Legislature (OIL), passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Terry E. Branstad.

OIL, an all volunteer, non-profit organization successfully advocated for an additional $1 million in funding for the one-stop resource program LifeLong LinksTM operated by the six Area Agencies on Aging in the State of Iowa. This funding establishes a foundation on which this much used program can operate and build upon in the future. LifeLong Links TM is a service which guides Iowas seniors, those living with disabilities, and caregivers to the services available to help them achieve a quality of life which allows individuals to remain in their homes as long as possible.

The Iowa General Assembly and the Governor also approved $61,334 increase for Elder Abuse Specialist in the Area Agencies on Aging, a $20,000 increase for the Office of Substitute Decision Maker and $100,000 for a Medicaid Managed Care Ombudsman.

The Older Iowans Legislature advocacy for these resources for Iowas seniors began last September when members from across the state met for two days in the House Chamber at the State Capitol. The delegates discussed the challenges facing Iowas seniors and zeroed in on three issues, which they felt were important to Iowas seniors. Beginning last January, OIL members contacted their legislators to promote the passage of this legislation. OIL also worked with the Iowa Association of the Area Agencies on Aging, AARP, the Alzheimers Association, The Hale Group, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, Iowa CareGivers, Jewish Family Services, Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman and the Iowa Department on Aging.

Helene Magee, Dubuque, Chair of the Older Iowans Legislature, said, The funding achieved for these programs was a sign that the Legislature is aware of the challenges as Iowas Baby Boomers age as there will be more need for such programs to help Iowas seniors maintain a quality of life.

Magee also stated OILs members would like to thank the Legislature and the Governor for stepping up to the plate to award this funding during a time when the state faces a tight budget and the challenges of switching the states Medicaid program to managed care.

OIL welcomes all Iowans over age 50 to come to Des Moines on September 26 and 27 to meet in the Iowa House Chamber to discuss the issues facing Iowas seniors. Delegates will again sit in a legislators chair and have the opportunity to voice their opinion on what the want OIL to advocate on their behalf to the Governor and to the 2017 session of the Iowa General Assembly.

The Older Iowans Legislature has no paid staff and no office but it is simply a grassroots organization with the only purpose being to promote legislation that will be beneficial to Iowas rapidly growing senior population. We invite Iowas seniors to go to our web site, www.olderiowans.org to learn more about the organization.

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July 2016 OIL Press Release

Older Iowans will have the opportunity to meet in the Iowa House of Representatives as members of the Older Iowans Legislature hold their annual meeting at the State Capitol on Monday, Sept. 26 and Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Iowans 50 years of age or older will sit at a legislators desk and have the opportunity to introduce issues and participate in the discussion of issues affecting their lives and the lives of their fellow Iowans. They will cast their votes electronically and thus it will be decided which three issues the Older Iowans Legislature will advocate next year to the Governor and to the Iowa General Assembly.

Helene Magee, Chair of the Older Iowans Legislature, (OIL) says the organization practices grassroots democracy. OIL is a non-profit, non-partisan, all volunteer organization with no formal headquarters and no paid staff or lobbyist. It was authorized by the Iowa Legislature 40 years ago to advocate on behalf of Iowas elderly in order to help older Iowans purse a quality of life, Magee explained.

The Older Iowans Legislature (OIL) has been successful in advocating for expansion of the Elder Abuse Law, Volunteer Ombudsmen Program, Substitute Decision Maker Program and funding for home and community based services.

Magee explained that membership in OIL is open to any Iowan over the age of 50. She suggests that older Iowans go to the website olderiowans.org for more information. Click on Join Us and fill out the membership form and come join us at the State Capitol in September.


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