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Senate Study Bill 1272

SENATE FILE BY (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES BILL BY CO=CHAIRPERSON RAGAN) Passed Senate, Date Passed House Date Vote: Ayes Nays Vote: Ayes Nays Approved A BILL FOR 1 An Act relating to the long=term living system in Iowa including 2 establishment of the intent for Iowa's long=term living 3 system. 4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 5 TLSB 3254SC 81 6 pf/pj/5 PAG LIN 1 1 Section 1. NEW SECTION. 231E.1 INTENT FOR IOWA'S LONG= 1 2 TERM LIVING SYSTEM. 1 3 1. The general assembly finds and declares that the intent 1 4 for Iowa's long=term living system is to ensure all Iowans 1 5 access to an extensive range of high=quality, affordable, and 1 6 cost=effective long=term living options that maximize 1 7 independence, choice, and dignity for consumers. 1 8 2. The long=term living system should be comprehensive, 1 9 offering multiple services and support in home, community= 1 10 based, and facility=based settings; should utilize a universal 1 11 assessment process to ensure that such services and support 1 12 are delivered in the most integrated and life=enhancing 1 13 setting; and should ensure that such services and support are 1 14 provided by a well=trained, motivated workforce. 1 15 3. The long=term living system should exist in a 1 16 regulatory climate that appropriately ensures the health, 1 17 safety, and welfare of consumers, while not being overly 1 18 restrictive or inflexible. 1 19 4. The long=term living system should sustain existing 1 20 informal care systems including family, friends, volunteers, 1 21 and community resources; should encourage innovation through 1 22 the use of technology and new delivery and financing models, 1 23 including housing; should provide incentives to consumers for 1 24 private financing of long=term living services and support; 1 25 and should allow Iowans to live independently as long as they 1 26 desire. 1 27 5. Information regarding all components of the long=term 1 28 living system should be effectively communicated to all 1 29 persons potentially impacted by the need for long=term living 1 30 services and support in order to empower consumers to plan, 1 31 evaluate, and make decisions about how best to meet their own 1 32 long=term living needs. 1 33 Sec. 2. LONG=TERM LIVING == PRELIMINARY ACTIVITIES. 1 34 1. The department of human services, the department of 1 35 elder affairs, and the Iowa department of public health shall 2 1 work together to coordinate efforts to provide access to 2 2 sufficient informational and educational resources to assist 2 3 individuals in making informed choices to address their long= 2 4 term living needs. 2 5 2. The department of human services, the department of 2 6 elder affairs, and the Iowa department of public health shall 2 7 submit a plan to the governor and the general assembly no 2 8 later than October 1, 2005, specifying all of the following: 2 9 a. The various assessment tools utilized for programs and 2 10 services under the purview of each department and any 2 11 recommendations for combining such tools. 2 12 b. Recommendations for coordinating state efforts to 2 13 provide access to informational and educational resources to 2 14 assist individuals in making informed choices to address their 2 15 long=term living needs. 2 16 EXPLANATION 2 17 This bill establishes a state intent for the long=term 2 18 living system in Iowa. The system is to ensure all Iowans 2 19 access to an extensive range of high=quality, affordable, and 2 20 cost=effective long=term living options that maximize 2 21 independence, choice, and dignity. The system is to be 2 22 comprehensive, utilize a universal assessment process, and 2 23 ensure that services and support are provided by a well= 2 24 trained, motivated workforce. The bill directs that the long= 2 25 term living system exist in a regulatory climate that 2 26 appropriately ensures the health, safety, and welfare of 2 27 consumers, while not being overly restrictive or inflexible. 2 28 The bill provides that the system should sustain existing 2 29 informal care systems, encourage innovation, provide 2 30 incentives to consumers for private financing of long=term 2 31 living services and support, and allow Iowans to live 2 32 independently as long as they desire. The bill directs that 2 33 information regarding all components of the long=term living 2 34 system should be effectively communicated to all persons 2 35 potentially impacted by the need for long=term living services 3 1 and support in order to empower consumers to plan, evaluate, 3 2 and make decisions about how best to meet their own long=term 3 3 living needs. 3 4 The bill directs the department of human services, the 3 5 department of elder affairs, and the Iowa department of public 3 6 health to work together to coordinate efforts to provide 3 7 access to sufficient informational and educational resources 3 8 to assist individuals in making informed choices to address 3 9 their long=term care needs. The bill also directs these 3 10 departments to submit a plan to the governor and the general 3 11 assembly no later than October 1, 2005, specifying the various 3 12 assessment tools utilized for programs and services under the 3 13 purview of each department and any recommendations for 3 14 combining such tools, and recommendations for coordinating 3 15 state efforts to provide access to informational and 3 16 educational resources to assist individuals in making informed 3 17 choices to address their long=term living needs. 3 18 LSB 3254SC 81 3 19 pf:nh/pj/5
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