October 16th, 2006

Great River Klein Center will host a long-term-care legislative forum at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in the Emerald Room. The address is 2910 Madison Ave., Burlington, Iowa.

The public form will be led by Steve Ackerson, executive director of the Iowa Health Care Association. Long-term-care professionals will share challenges and concerns related to long-term-care regulatory issues, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. They also will discuss how inadequate funding affects Iowa’s nursing homes, assisted living facilities and residential-care facilities, and their residents.

This topic is relevant in southeast Iowa, where 20 percent of its residents are at least 60 years old, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The number will increase as baby boomers age.

The forum is sponsored by the Iowa Health Care Administration and Iowa Center for Assisted Living, which represent more than 580 Iowa nursing homes, assisted living programs, residential care facilities, independent senior living and retirement communities, and elder group homes.

These legislators and one candidate have been invited:

State Senator, 44th District Thomas Courtney, D, Burlington

State Representative, 87th District Thomas Sands, R, Columbus Junction, incumbent Andrew Hoth, D, Burlington, challenger

State Representative, 88th District Dennis Cohoon, D, Burlington

Great River Klein Center is a 125-bed long-term-care center. It is a part of Great River Medical Center.