Resources

Advocacy

infoNET and the entire ID Action network have the resources you need to be an effective advocate on the issues you care about. We will help you keep on top of the issues being discussed in the Iowa Legislature and in the US Congress, learn more about the issues so you can be an informed and confident advocate, and find ways to become effective advocates.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR ISSUE.
  • Click here to learn more about various policy issues.
  • Click here to review bills introduced this year in our Bill Tracker.
TAKE ACTION & ADVOCATE.
  • Click here for the most recent update of our Guide to the Iowa Legislature to find out more about the process (updated 9/24/21).
  • Click here for our updated Advocacy Toolkit.
  • Click here to use our Advocacy Hub to connect with your elected officials through phone, email or social media.
  • Click here to find a town hall meeting or candidate forum near you.
  • Click here to see the training presentation from Advocating Change Day.
KEEP UP TO DATE & TRACK PROGRESS.
  • Click here to read our current issue of infoNET.
  • Click here to track the progress of bills that impact Iowans with disabilities.

ACTION CENTER: Making Advocacy Easy!

Learn how to use our Action Center to send messages to the people elected to represent you at the State Capitol and in Congress. It's super easy and all you need to know is your name, address, and what you want to say! 

State Resources

Find Your Legislators.
Learn more about your Legislators.
Contact Your Legislators
Committee Listings (2021)
Other Information

Capitol Chat - June 2021

Watch our June 4, 2021 Capitol Chat.  Check it out for a review of the 2021 state legislative session.

Federal Resources

Every Iowan is represented in Washington DC in the US Congress by one US Representative and two US Senators. Senator Charles Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst represent you in the US Senate. You are represented in the US House of Representatives by one of Iowa's four US Representatives (Representative Cindy Axne, Representative Ashley Hinson, Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks, Representative Randy Feenstra). To find out which one, click here

You can check Congressional schedules, watch what's going on in Congress, track bills you care about, and contact your elected officials representing you in Washington DC using the following links.

 
Track Action in the US Congress
Track Action in the White House

Check in on your representatives in Congress:

Capitol Chat - April 2021

Watch our April 30, 2021 Capitol Chat.  We cover the state budget and issues hanging on in the final days of the 2021 legislative sesison.

Policy & Issues

Home & Community Based Services (HCBS)

There is a lot of work being done at both the state and federal levels to address the need for home and community based service (HCBS) options for individuals with disabillities.  The state is looking at "equalizing" waivers so the services you need are not tied to the type of disabiity.  Congress is considering making HCBS mandatory rather than options, which would end waiting lists for waiver services.  Either option will take more money.  Right now, Congress is considering options for funding.  

 

 


Current Year Budgets

The Iowa Legislature usually passes eleven budget bills each year to fund parts of state government. The state budget year (called a "fiscal year") starts on July 1. The 2021 Legislature approved fiscal year 2022 budgets, which funds state government from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Click on the links below for the nonpartisan staff review of the FY 2022 budgets passed by the Legislature and now law.  (Updated 5/12/21)


Livable Homes Coalition

Many Iowans with a disability cannot live safely in their homes, and may be forced to move into residential long-term care facilities rather than stay at home. There are a few local programs to help pay for needed home modifications, but these programs do not currently serve the whole state. There is funding for home modifications available through the Medicaid program, but it is only available to Medicaid members.

Organizations that support older Iowans, individuals with disabilities, and those with serious health conditions have been working together to advocate for a statewide home modfication grant program to help fill this gap. They have formed the Livable Homes Coalition.

The Coalition supports the creation of an infrastructure program to help low income Iowans living with a disability caused by age, chronic disease, or injury to modify their homes to increase accessibility, safety, and to remain independent. The Coalition is asking for $1 million to fund grants of up to $5,000 to help offset the costs of modifying homes of persons who are over the age of 65 or living with a disability. To be eligible, the person must own their home and must not earn more than 300% of the federal poverty level.

Capitol Chat - March 2021

Watch our March 26, 2021 Capitol Chat.  Learn more about what is still alive after the last legislative deadline - and what issues are done for the year.

Capitol Chat - February 2021

Watch our February 26, 2021 Capitol Chat and see how things are going as the Iowa Legislature starts its second full month of the legislative session.

Capitol Chat - January 2021

Watch our January 29, 2021 Capitol Chat and learn more about the Governor's and legislator priorities for the session.

Virtual Legislative Town Hall (Feb. 26, 2021)

Listen to advocate strories and hear how legislators respond to those stories in our first Virtual Legislative Town Hall held on February 26, 2021.

Legislative Panel (Fall 2020)

Insider Look at How A Bill Becomes A Law

Self-Advocacy - Get Involved & See the Change

What is an advocate? Angie Plager's Story.

Employment Stories: Janet Linkenmeyer (Osage)

Employment Stories: Sarah Schierbock (West Point)

Employment Stories: Jason Pohren (Mason City)

Governor Reynolds Message on Disability Employment