After five years of working to pass legislation to support Iowa’s 317,000 family caregivers, volunteer advocates from AARP Iowa along with other partnering statewide organizations, celebrated their persistence and dedication on Tuesday when Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds inked her signature to the 2019 Iowa CARE Act, Senate File (SF) 210 at a bill-signing ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol.  The legislation becomes law on July 1, 2019.

“Iowa’s family caregivers are unsung heroes who sacrifice time and energy to help their loved ones remain at home,” said Gov. Reynolds. “The CARE Act helps ensure the tools and information needed to care for our most vulnerable Iowans are provided.”

The 2019 Iowa CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable Act) outlines commonsense steps to help Iowa’s more than 317,000 family caregivers when their loved one goes into the hospital and as they transition home.