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Iowa Public Policy Town Hall Conversation

The Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted aging services providers and the people they serve.  Providers have transformed their operations, consumers have altered their expectations and desires, and the government has issued numerous temporary waivers transforming the regulatory environment during the pandemic.    As we look forward, it will require the expertise of professionals working within the field to identify meaningful opportunities for change within the system to advance the quality of care and services provided to older adults in Iowa.  Otherwise, the void may be filled with unworkable ‘solutions’ that do not serve the needs as intended.

The Iowa Public Policy Town Hall Conversation will explore the current status of aging services in Iowa, identify the projected needs for the future, and discuss strategies to improve care, meet the evolving needs of older adults and recruit and retain a competent workforce.  This important discussion among aging services professionals across the state will inform LeadingAge Iowa and LeadingAge national’s education and advocacy efforts to improve quality, ensure the availability of needed services, and grow the workforce serving older adults. 

  • Identify pandemic waivers that should become permanent and other meaningful opportunities for change that will advance the quality of care and services provided to older adults.
  • Discover strategies to improve care and meet the evolving needs of older adults.
  • Explore solutions to the workforce crisis in health care through recruitment and retention of competent staff.

Janine Finck-Boyle, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, LeadingAge, Washington, DC
Janine oversees LeadingAge’s response to and intervention in regulatory-related issues impacting LeadingAge members. This includes implementing an effective process for state and member input into proposed rules from CMS and other regulatory bodies, ensuring LeadingAge is timely and thorough in its comments to federal agencies; engaging in dialogue with those agencies on regulatory matters as well as coordinating LeadingAge’s work on them and engaging with multiple stakeholders as appropriate. She is also responsible for identifying opportunities to replace burdensome regulation with innovative alternatives that maintain quality. Janine ensures that LeadingAge’s regulatory positions are driven by sound policy analysis and are well-coordinated with the association’s overall advocacy program.