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STATEMENT ON THE MERGER OF IOWA DEPARTMENT ON AGING WITH IOWA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Des Moines, August 12, 2022: The Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging (i4a) and its board of directors believe a strong and integrated network of home and community-based services is essential to healthy aging in our state.  As the state’s Area Agencies on Aging, we are charged by the Older Americans Act to advocate for policies that improve the lives of older Iowans and ensure access to these needed services and supports, whether they are publicly or privately funded.  That charge requires a strong partnership with both the Iowa Department on Aging (IDA) and the newly realigned Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Today, Axios reported the next step in the realignment would bring the Iowa Department on Aging under the new HHS umbrella by July 1, 2023.  On behalf of the i4a board, which consists of the six executive leaders of Iowa’s six Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), we are eager to work with our state partners to make this transition smooth while looking for opportunities to enhance services, improve coordination, and expand access for Iowa’s older adults, family caregivers and care partners, and adults with disabilities.

FOR MORE INFORMATIO

G. Joseph Sample, Executive Director

Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging

515-729-8846

Reference link: https//:www.axios.com/local/des.moines/2022/02/12/iowas-department-aging-to-merge-with-health-human-services

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