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Iowa Health Care Association
The Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) and its divisions, the Iowa Center for Assisted Living (ICAL) and Iowa Center for Home Care (ICHC) serve the long term services and supports profession as a nonprofit trade association. Our 700+ member organizations span the continuum long term services and supports health care in Iowa. 

IHCA members provide services to Iowa’s frail and elderly served through nursing and rehab facilities, assisted living programs, residential care facilities, home health and private duty nursing agencies, community-based services, and independent senior living communities. We are dedicated to enhancing long term services and supports in Iowa by providing leadership, advocacy, information, and education to a broad range of providers, consumers, government agencies, and others comprising the long term services and supports health care community. 

IHCA, ICAL and ICHC are affiliates of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), and National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). AHCA is a non-profit federation of affiliated state health organizations, together representing more than 11,000 non-profit and for-profit assisted living, nursing facility, developmentally-disabled, and sub-acute care providers who care for more than one million elderly and disabled individuals nationally each day. NAHC, a non-profit organization, represents the nation's 33,000 home care and hospice provider organizations. Our national affiliates maintain legislative, regulatory, public affairs, and member services staff who assist in promoting the interests of their member providers at the national level.

Who IHCA serves
IHCA members represent providers of long term services and supports in many areas and settings, including nursing and rehab facilities, assisted living programs, residential care facilities, home health and private duty nursing agencies, and independent senior living communities. Our members serve more than 42,000 Iowans in the long term services and supports continuum. These organizations employ more than 30,000 people who provide quality care and services to Iowa’s frail and elderly. 

Our Mission

IHCA is dedicated to promoting quality long term services and supports through professional development and shaping public and private policy through effective advocacy.


Our Vision
Iowa’s frail and elderly citizens are entitled to a supportive and ethical environment in which professional and compassionate care is delivered.

This belief compels IHCA and its members to advocate not only for the long term and home care provider community, but also for individuals who, because of physical or psychological needs, require services at home or in a long term and post-acute care settings. We are dedicated to professionalism, ethical behavior, and integrity among all who provide and continually strive to achieve a higher quality of care.