6 Things the Idaho Legislature Got Right

You have probably read a lot of analyses about the 2019 legislative session, from the acrimonious atmosphere to the duration (3rd longest in history!) But what did it really mean for those aged 50 and older?

Here are some actions the legislature took to help Idahoans as they age:
  • Caregiving
    • Supported the Idaho Commission on Aging's request to fund a statewide caregiver support program (SB 1167)
    • Protected caregivers and those 59 and older in the Medicaid Expansion sideboards (SB 1204aa,aaH)

  • Prescription Drugs
    • Expanded pharmacists' ability to prescribe prescription drugs thereby saving patients' time and money (HB 182)

  • Retirement Savings
  • Livable Communities
    • Defeated a movement to eliminate the requirement for counties to conduct comprehensive land use plans (H 127aa,aa)

  • Adult Protective Services
    • Allows the utilization of contractors to help the Idaho Area Agencies on Aging ability to respond to elder abuse, neglect and exploitation (HB 18)

  • Veterans
    • Funded a fourth veterans' home in Post Falls, Idaho (HB 211)
    • Extended the circuit breaker and disabled veteran residential property tax exemptions to the occupancy tax (HB 62)

Please send a thank you note to your legislator thanking them for the work they do to protect the needs of the 50+ population. (Use form included here.)

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AARP Advocacy Volunteers. Photo by Chris Wethered (2019)

 

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