In this issue:
- Governor’s Condition of the State and FY 2015 Budget Recommendations
- IDPH’s 2014 Legislative Package
- Highlights for Next Week: Two presentations by IDPH staff
The First Week
The second session of the 85th General Assembly started on Monday, January 13 here are some highlights from the week:
- Condition of the State. Governor Branstad delivered his 19th Condition of the State address entitled, “Iowa is Working!” to the General Assembly on January 14. For more information about the Governor’s policy goals for the 2014 legislative session and his FY 2015 budget recommendations, please click here.
- Governor’s Budget Recommendations. Accompanying Governor Branstad’s Condition of the State address were his recommendations to the General Assembly for state budget year FY 2015. The following changes have been recommended for the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). All other programs are recommended at the FY 2014 level of funding:
- An increase of $215,000 for a new, joint Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and trauma system software system.
- An increase of $75,000 from the General Fund to subcontract with the American College of Surgeons to conduct a benchmark assessment of Iowa’s statewide trauma system.
- For more information about IDPH’s trauma systems programming please click here.
- For more information on the aforementioned budget priorities please refer to the attachment, “EMS_Trauma Registry…One-Pager,” for the summary memo.
- An increase of $1.0 million from the General Fund to continue to support and expand medical residency training programs in Iowa.
- Several reductions were recommended for FY 2015:
- A decrease of $75,000 for tobacco funding due to one-time funding in FY 2014 for social media marketing and marketing materials.
- A decrease of $25,000 for the Audiological Services for Kids Program. This program reverted funding at the end of FY 2013.
- A decrease of $40,000 for the Patient-Centered Health Advisory Council (formerly known as the Prevention and Chronic Care Management and Medical Home Advisory Council). This funding also supports the department’s Office of Health Care Transformation.
- A decrease of $28,000 for one-time funding in FY 2014 to establish three new professional licensure types under the purview of Iowa Board of Podiatry (orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthists).
IDPH Legislative Package
IDPH will have three bills for the 2014 session:
was introduced in the Senate on January 15 and was referred to the Senate Human Resources Committee
. It has been assigned to a subcommittee of Senators Herman Quirmbach (chair), Liz Mathis, and Mark Segebart. A subcommittee meeting has been scheduled for noon on Thursday, January 23. The change the Board of Dietetics, (under the IDPH Bureau of Professional Licensure), is proposing is consistent with the change in name of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), and includes the name of the AND credentialing agency, the Commission on Dietetic Registration. The bill is technical in nature.
was introduced in the Senate on January 15 and was referred to the Senate Human Resources Committee. It has been assigned to a subcommittee of Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm (chair), Bill Dotzler, and David Johnson. A subcommittee meeting has been scheduled for 8:30 am on Thursday, January 23. The bill consists of five divisions. For more information about the components of the omnibus bill please refer to the attachment, “IDPH Omnibus Bill Memo’” for the summary memo.
The third bill pertains to the Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) that is administered by the IDPH Office of e-Health
. The bill is proposing to expand eligibility for the query function service that the IHIN provides. The service is used to query participants (any entity that has signed a participation agreement with the Office of e-Health) in the IHIN for a patient’s health information. Examples of when the service may be used include but are not limited to when the patient is unable to remember their full medical history or during an off-hour emergency. Each participant is vetted through an approval process before gaining access to the IHIN. As of this writing, the bill has not been introduced in either chamber. To view the draft of the bill please refer to the attachment, “LSB 5306 IHIN Bill FINAL.”
To understand how a bill moves through the legislative process, click here
Highlights for Next Week
- Interim Director Gerd Clabaugh has been invited to give an overview of the department’s budget to the Health and Human Services Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday, January 23 between 10:00 am and noon.
- Director of the Division of Behavioral Health, Kathy Stone, has been invited to the Senate Judiciary Committee at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, January 22 to provide remarks on the issues of substance abuse as they relate to Iowa's criminal justice system.
- Mark Your Calendar. The funnel dates in each chamber have been moved up two weeks as part of the joint effort to end session early. First funnel is now scheduled for February 21 and the second funnel is now scheduled for March 14. To view the updated session timeline please click here.
- The Iowa General Assembly website is a great source of legislative information. The address is www.legis.iowa.gov. Take a few minutes to check out the wealth of resources.
- The Legislative Update is also posted on the IDPH website at http://www.idph.state.ia.us/adper/legislative_updates.asp. To subscribe to the IDPH Legislative Update, please send a blank email to join-IDPHLEGUPDATE@lists.ia.gov.
EMS_Trauma Registry Software and Trauma Assessment One-Pager.pdf
IDPH OMNIBUS Bill Memo FINAL 1.14.13.pdf
LSB 5306IX IHIN Bill FINAL.pdf
Deborah H. Thompson, MPA Policy Advisor & Healthiest State Initiative Coordinator | Iowa Department of Public Health 321 E. 12th St | Des Moines, IA 50319 | Office: 515-281-8960 Mobile: 515-240-0530| firstname.lastname@example.org