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IDPH Legislative Update for March 3, 2015

03 Mar 2015 7:09 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

In this issue:

·        UPDATE: IDPH’s 2015 policy package

·        Subcommittee attended and Bills of Interest

The Sixth and Seventh Weeks

Here are some highlights from the sixth and seventh week of the 86th General Assembly

Subcommittees Attended

SF 160 Long-Term Care Committee. A subcommittee of Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm, David Johnson, and Joe Bolkcom met on Tuesday, February 17. The bill has not advanced at this time.

HSB 147 Required Reporting by Pharmacists to the Statewide Immunization Registry (aka IRIS). A subcommittee of Representatives Linda Miller, Cindy Winkler, and Rob Taylor met on Wednesday, February 18. The bill has not advanced at this time.

HF 209 Raw Milk for Commercial Feed for Animals. A subcommittee of Representatives Ross Paustian, Jerry Kearns, and Brian Moore met on Thursday, February 19. The bill will not advance this session.

SSB 1167 Health Workforce Center. A subcommittee of Senators Liz Mathis, Mary Jo Wilhelm, and Mark Chelgren met on Monday, February 23. The bill was passed out of subcommittee. The members indicated that it is their intention to work on an amendment. It may now be considered by the full Senate Human Resources Committee.

SSB 1165 Iowa Donor Network/Reports from the Office of the State Medical Examiner.A subcommittee of Senators Liz Mathis, Amanda Ragan, and Julian Garrett met on Monday, February 23. The bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee unanimously with an amendment on Wednesday, February 25.

SSB 1208 Study of the Health and Well-Being of Children in Iowa. A subcommittee of Senators Liz Mathis, Amanda Ragan, and Mark Costello met on Tuesday, February 24. The bill was passed out of subcommittee. The members indicated that it is their intention to work on an amendment. It may now be considered by the full Senate Human Resources Committee.

HF 263DHS Bed Tracking System. A subcommittee of Representatives Dave Heaton, Rob Bacon, and Ako Abdul-Samad met on Wednesday, February 25. The bill passed the full House Human Resources Committee on Thursday, February 26. A new bill number has yet to be assigned.

HSB 144 Water Treatment Systems. A subcommittee of Representatives Ken Rizer, Deb Berry, and Megan Jones met on Wednesday, February 25. The bill was passed out of subcommittee. The members indicated that it is their intention to work on an amendment. It may now be considered by the full House Judiciary Committee.

SSB 1200 Interstate Contracts/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Care and Treatment. A subcommittee of Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm, Joe Bolkcom, and David Johnson met on Wednesday February 25. The bill was passed out of subcommittee. HSB 160 is a companion bill in the House. A subcommittee of Representatives Linda Miller, John Wills, and Ruth Ann Gaines met on Thursday, February 26 and also advanced this legislation. Each bill may now be considered by each chambers’ Human Resources Committee.

SSB 1172 Durable Medical Equipment Licensure. A subcommittee of Senators Jeff Danielson, Brian Schoenjahn, and Jason Schultz met on Wednesday, February 25. The bill passed out of subcommittee. The members indicated that it is their intention to work on an amendment. The bill is scheduled to be taken up by the full Senate State Government Committee on Monday, March 2.

SSB 1216 County Medical Examiner Fees. A subcommittee of Senators Wally Horn, David Johnson, and Dick Dearden met on Wednesday, February 25. The bill will not advance this session.

SF 265 Food Inspection Fees. A subcommittee of Senators Bill Dotzler, Chaz Allen, and Mark Segebart met on Wednesday, February 25. The bill was passed out of subcommittee. The members indicated that it is their intention to work on an amendment. It may now be considered by the full Senate Human Resources Committee.

SSB 1195 Tobacco Retailer License Fees/Data Collection. A subcommittee of Senators Janet Petersen, Herman Quirmbach, and Jerry Behn met on Wednesday, February 25. The bill was passed out of subcommittee. The members indicated that it is their intention to work on an amendment. It may now be considered by the full Senate Ways and Means Committee.

HF 251 Behavioral Health Transports. A subcommittee of Representatives Joel Fry, Charlie McConkey, and Sandy Salmon met on Thursday, February 26. The bill was passed out of subcommittee. The members indicated that it is their intention to work on an amendment. It may now be considered by the full House Human Resources Committee.

SSB 1182 Designation of a Caregiver/Inpatient Hospital Stays. A subcommittee of Senators Pam Jochum, Bill Dotzler, and Mark Chelgren met on Thursday, February 26. The bill was passed out of subcommittee. The members indicated that it is their intention to work on an amendment. It may now be considered by the full Senate Human Resources Committee.


Other Bills of Interest

NOTE: When a bill passes out of committee it receives a new bill number. If a bill is amended in committee the changes are incorporated into the updated version of the legislation that receives a new bill number.

SSB 1198 Pneumococcal Vaccine. A subcommittee of Senators Liz Mathis, Chaz Allen, and Mark Segebart met on Monday, February 23. The bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee unanimously on Wednesday, February 25. The new bill number is SF 329.

SSB 1015 Medical Licenses/Board of Medicine Bill.  The bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, February 18. The new bill number is SF 276.

SSB 1019 Interstate Medical Licensure Compact/Board of Medicine Bill. The bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, February 18. The new bill number is SF 273.

SSB 1130 Licensure of Polysomnographic Technicians (aka Sleep Techs). The bill passed the full Senate State Government Committee on Wednesday, February 25 with an amendment. The new bill number is SF 337.

HSB 81 Underage Tanning Restrictions. The bill passed the full House Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, February 17 with an amendment. The new bill number is HF 420.

SF 205 Mammography Notifications (aka Dense Breast Tissue Notifications) (formerly SF 80). The bill passed the Senate Chamber unanimously with amendment S-3007 on Tuesday, February 24.

SF 219 Relating to the Possession of Marijuana (formerly SSB 1121).The bill passed the Senate Chamber on Tuesday, February 24 by a vote of 36-13.

SF 200 Executive Director of the Dental Board (formerly SSB 1016). The bill passed the Senate Chamber unanimously on Tuesday, February 24.

HSB 119 Allowable Disclosures of Radon Testing Results. This bill passed out of the House Commerce Committee with an amendment on February 16. The new bill number is HF 371.

IDPH Legislative Package

IDPH has three bills for the 2015 session:

·        Omnibus Bill: The IDPH Omnibus bill consistsof two main parts. The first is a request made by the Board of Hearing Aid Dispensers to change their professional name to “hearing aid specialists.” The bill makes this technical change where applicable in code. The second part proposes changes to IDPH’s Medical Residency Training Grants program in an effort to make the program more attractive to potential bidders, especially those who may wish to establish new residency programs. UPDATE: The legislation has passed out of each chambers’ Human Resources Committees. The new bill numbers are HF 193 and SF 274.

·        Local Public Health Flexibility Bill: This bill also consists of two parts. The first proposes changes to the process for merging local boards of health into district boards of health. A few years ago, two counties attempted a voluntary merger however there were several reasons that it was not accomplished. Some difficulties related to inflexible code requirements. The department is proposing to remove some of those requirements to enable counties consideration of this section of code as a practical option in organizing themselves. The second part of the bill makes significant changes to the Iowa Public Health Modernization Act that was established in 2009. It strikes language requiring a voluntary accreditation process at the state level, making way a clearer path to accreditation from the national Public Health Accreditation Board, removes references to the Iowa Public Health Standards, and merges the two councils that were established in 2009 under the Act. The newly merged council will continue to assist the department in evaluating the public health system in Iowa as a whole and make recommendations to the department and the state board of health. UPDATE: HSB 84 will not advance in the House at this time. SSB 1039 passed the Senate Human Resources Committee unanimously on Wednesday, February 18. The new bill number is SF 275.

·        Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) Transition.The third bill in the IDPH legislative package pertains to the IHIN that is administered by the IDPH Office of e-Health. The primary goal of the legislation is for IDPH to receive authorization to conduct a request for proposals (RFP) process to begin to transition the IHIN from a state government-led model of governance to a not-for-profit model of governance. In 2012, the legislature included a directive in Iowa Code Section 135.156Ffor the department to review various governance options for the IHIN and make recommendations. A not-for-profit model of governance continues the spirit of collaboration for an essential public good amongst the IHIN’s stakeholders while putting it in the position to respond to its customers’ needs with more urgency than what a state government-led model can provide.

The second goal for the bill is to resurrect the legislation that died last session to expand eligibility for the record locator service (aka query function) 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. This service is useful for entities involved in care coordination efforts. 

UPDATE: The legislation has passed out of each chambers’ Human Resources Committees. The new bill numbers are HF 381 and SF 229


Presentations

·        IDPH was invited to present to the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals (TIC) Joint Budget Subcommittee on Thursday, February 19. The presentation was given by Director Clabaugh and Lon Laffey, Chief of the Bureau of Information Technology. It included information on the efforts occurring in IDPH relating to short and long term planning for information technology projects as well as on the IDPH budget priorities. To view the presentation materials please click here.


Highlights for The Eighth Week

  • First Funnel Deadline. The Session Timeline is a helpful resource to know when the funnel deadlines are (there are two) and what bills are considered funnel-proof or to have “survived” first and second funnel. Their purpose is to assist the General Assembly in focusing on the legislative proposals that have a good chance of passage compared to those that need more work or a different political landscape. In reality, however, there is no such thing as dead legislation. The rest of session will see bills that died in funnel resurrected as amendments to live bills. Funnel deadlines provide interested parties with an idea of how high of a priority their bill is compared to the other approximately 2,000 that are introduced annually.

 

Other Information

  • Agency Reports. To review any report filed with the General Assembly by executive branch agencies, including IDPH, 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 available.


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