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Public meeting in Greenfield on health care, caregiving

GREENFIELD – CCI Action will host a meeting on health care and caregiving from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Hotel Greenfield, 110 E. Iowa St., in Greenfield. Lunch will be provided. “Putting ‘care’ back in health care” meetings will feature Kevin Simowitz, political director for Caring Across Generations, a national organizing group.

In the U.S., someone turns 65 every 8 seconds. And in Iowa, the privatized Medicaid has made headlines for failing to provide the care needed to people with disabilities. Iowa must act now to create and support the caregiving workforce needed to care for our seniors and Iowans with disabilities.

Caregiving is the nation’s fastest growing workforce, yet often is not seen as a priority by lawmakers and others as evidenced in low pay, lack of training and policies that make long-term care affordable for people when they will need it.

CCI Action is bringing Simowitz to Iowa for a series of meetings on this issue. Simowitz will share lessons learned from other states and lead a conversation on what Iowans can do to build a new care infrastructure that supports seniors and disabled, as well as the paid and family caregivers who provide care.

Caring Across Generations, founded in 2011 by the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Jobs With Justice, is a national initiative to transform the long-term care system and change the way care is provided in this country. Their work brings together seniors, people with disabilities, working families and direct care workers to build a caring majority and reshape the caregiving industry.

This meeting is open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, contact Matthew Covington of CCI Action Fund at 515-282-0484 or matthew@iowacci.org.

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