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Iowa department for elderly to skip DOA label

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – A plan to rename Iowa’s department for the elderly will not result in its tag becoming the same as hospital code for “dead on arrival,” the agency’s chief said on Wednesday.

State lawmakers raised eyebrows when they voted earlier on Wednesday to change the name of the Department of Elder Affairs to the Department on Aging, or DOA.

Director John McCalley said he would use the shorthand DA instead.

“You can’t have an acronym like this when you’re referring to elderly people,” said Representative Dave Heaton, 68, when the legislature approved the change.</em>


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