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IDPH Legislative Update - Second Budget Edition - May 13, 2016

13 May 2016 9:56 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

Second Budget Edition

In this issue:

  • 2016 End of Session Update
  • Thank You
  • Governor’s Actions
  • IDPH Policy and Budget Package Recap

2016 End of Session Update

The second session of the 86th General Assembly came to a close on Friday, April 29. The Governor is currently completing his actions on all the enrolled bills sent to him by the legislature. This includes the Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill that houses the IDPH budget. A final IDPH Legislative Update will be published once his final actions are completed.

Thank You

To my colleagues at IDPH, I greatly appreciate your dedication to session. I sincerely thank you for helping us through yet another one filled with successes.  It takes a great deal of teamwork to navigate the session waters and it would be impossible to do without your hard work, subject matter expertise, flexibility and patience. It’s an honor to represent the Iowa Department of Public Health. Thank you so much for the opportunity to do so. 

To our valued stakeholders, thank you also for your support of the department’s policy and budget package. We would not have been able to achieve the successes we had this year without your help. Our partners are too numerous to name here but please know that we value our relationships with each of you and look forward to continuing our collective work to promote and protect the health of Iowans.

Governor’s Actions

The following is an excerpt from the Legislative Services Agency’s “How a Bill Becomes a Law.” It provides a brief explanation of the Governor’s veto powers. The full document is located here:

Bills passed by the Legislature must be reviewed by the Governor. The Governor takes final action on all bills passed by the Iowa General Assembly. The Governor has three options: sign the bill, veto the bill (or item veto an appropriations bill), or take no action. In the case of a veto, the Legislature may override the veto with two-thirds of the members of each chamber voting to reconsider and pass the bill a second time. If, during session, the Governor does not sign or veto a bill, it becomes law after three calendar days (except Sundays). Bills received by the Governor during the last three calendar days of session (except Sundays) must be signed or vetoed within 30 calendar days.

The Governor has the option to use three types of vetoes: the veto, item veto, and pocket veto. The veto indicates the Governor’s disapproval of an entire bill. The item veto may be used only for bills which appropriate funds. It strikes a specific item of an appropriations bill. A pocket veto occurs when the Governor fails to take action within 30 calendar days on a bill received within the last three calendar days of session (except Sundays). The entire bill fails to become law. When the Governor vetoes or item vetoes a bill, a veto message explaining why the veto was made is delivered to the chamber of origin with the bill and is filed with the Secretary of State. The Governor’s veto messages can be accessed on the Iowa General Assembly web site in the “Enrolled Bills” section.

IDPH Policy and Budget Package Recap

This year brought many successes for IDPH. Among them was the passage of our policy bill, SF 2159, which focuses on public health flexibility. It was signed by the Governor on Thursday, March 24. The Governor held a formal bill signing to highlight the importance of its passage. Thank you to everyone who made its passage possible!

IDPH’s General Fund appropriations are provided for in the Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill (HF2460). Due to disagreements between the House and the Senate, a Conference Committee was formed. Senate members of the Conference Committee included Senators Amanda Ragan, Joe Bolkcom, Mark Costello, Robert Dvorsky and David Johnson. House Members of the Conference Committee included Representatives David Heaton, Linda Miller, Joel Fry, Beth Wessel-Kroeschell and Lisa Heddens. We achieved our General Fund budget goals for FY 2017 that included reallocations to increase funding to the PRIMECARRE and Certificate of Need programs, as well as the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health. For more information, please find the attached IDPH FY 2017 budget memo. Other significant changes in funding and policy are highlighted in the second attached document. The bill is currently being reviewed by the Governor who has the option of item vetoes before signature.

We also achieved our Technology Reinvestment Fund request for FY 2017. The request is honored in the Conference Committee report for SF 2324, the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund Appropriations Bill. The bill was enrolled on Friday, April 29 and may now be signed by the Governor. The bill appropriates $500,000 for the second year of requested funding for the Maternal and Child Health database integration project. 

  • Project goals:
    • Integrate 5 program data collection systems across 8 programs in the Bureaus of Family Health and Oral and Health Delivery Systems.
    • To better support our stakeholders and to improve the outcomes of the families they work with.
    • All 8 programs impacted operate in all 99 counties and serve all children and pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid as well as low-income and uninsured or underinsured Iowans.
    • Currently the 5 systems function independently of each other, are not web-based, and cannot share data among users or with the public. The systems are aging and are costly to repair and present data security issues.
    • Features of the new system will include case management, referral management, risk assessment, billing, and client and population-level reporting.

The bill also appropriates $75,000 for the Iowa Prescription Drug Corporation that administers several programs designed to increase access to affordable medications for the safety net population.

Bills Sent to the Governor

  • SF 2188 Rx Authority for Psychologists. This bill was enrolled on Friday, April 29. It can now be sent to the Governor.
  • HF 2449 Rulemaking Timeline Requirements.  This bill was sent to the Governor on Thursday, May 5.
  • HF 2446 OSME/Auditor Billings. This bill was sent to the Governor on Wednesday, May 4.

Other Information

  • 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. Take a few minutes to check out the wealth of resources available.
  • The Legislative Update is also posted on the IDPH website.
  • To subscribe to the IDPH Legislative Update, please send a blank email tojoin-IDPHLEGUPDATE@lists.ia.gov.

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