January Advocacy Alert

Who we are

LifeStream Services is your local Area Agency on Aging and East Central Indiana’s Aging and Disability Resource Center. LifeStream fulfills its mission – to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence – by providing programs and services to help older adults and people with disabilities remain independent in their homes and communities. Programs and services include in-home care management, transportation, senior meals, and much more.

Why Advocate

LifeStream is partially funded by the federal and state governments, including the Older American Act, to ensure the health and safety of older adults. It is LifeStream’s duty to be a voice for the vulnerable and preserve the dignity of people as they age. Below is one bill LifeStream opposes and three bills LifeStream supports for the 2019 Indiana General Assembly. Please take a moment to learn more and help us be a voice for older adults not only in our community, but the entire State of Indiana.

House Bill 1001: Biennial Budget

LifeStream and the Indiana Association of Area Agencies (IAAAA) on Aging OPPOSE. The proposed budget would reduce CHOICE (Community & Home Options to Institutional Care for the Elderly and Disabled) by $1.5 million annually. Benefits received under this funding can include meal delivery, respite care, homemaker services, case management, and much more. By reducing CHOICE funding older adults are at risk of losing the vital services that help them age where they choose.

House Bill 1117: Medicaid Nursing Facility Services

LifeStream and IAAAA SUPPORT. HB1117 extends the prohibition on the office of Medicaid policy and planning from including certain Medicaid recipients who receive nursing facility services in a Medicaid risk based managed care program or capitated managed care program through December 31, 2021.

Senate Bill 36: Elder Abuse Registry

LifeStream & IAAAA SUPPORT. SB36 defines “crimes of elder or adult abuse” and requires the office of judicial administration to establish an electronic elder and adult abuse registry containing information relating to persons convicted of a crime of elder or adult abuse.

Senate Bill 285: Public Transit Funding

LifeStream and IAAAA SUPPORT. SB285 allows counties to impose an additional local income tax rate to fund the operations of a public transportation corporation and the operations of rural transportation assistance program.

TAKE ACTION

Contact your local legislators and share with them the importance of each bill mentioned above and their implications for older adults in Indiana.

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