News and Policy Updates

  • 23 Apr 2013 2:02 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)
    Use the link below to access the legislative tracking sheet for bills of interest to INPS. Also please view the previous post for a summary of legislation.

    2013LegislativeTrackingSheet.doc
  • 22 Apr 2013 1:24 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    The Thirteenth Week

    Here are some highlights from the past couple of weeks:

    IDPH Legislative Package

    ·       SF 202 passed the House Chamber as amended by a vote of 94-2 on March 26. The bill returned to the Senate so that Chamber could concur with the House amendment. The Senate approved the language and passed the bill for the final time on Tuesday, April 16 by a vote of 50-0. The bill will now be sent to the Governor for his signature.

     ·        To understand how a bill moves through the legislative process, click here.

    Bill Highlights

    • SF 440 (formerly SF 415): This mental health bill focuses on the recommendations from the transition committee workgroup’s report. To view the report, please click here. Components that impact IDPH include membership in the Children’s Cabinet starting on page 15, line 1 and the establishment of a center for child health innovation and excellence (formerly HF 366) starting on page 19, line 9. This bill passed the Senate Appropriations Committeeon April 10 and received a new bill number, SF 440. SF 440 passed the Senate Chamber on Tuesday, April 16 by a vote of 33-17. It has been introduced in the House and referred the House Human Resources Committee. A subcommittee of Representatives Joel Fry, Kevin Koester, and Mark Smith held a public meeting on the bill on Thursday, April 18.
    Sent to the Governor
    • HF 569: Requires licensure of professionals practicing addiction counseling or providing addiction prevention services by the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science. This bill passed the House on March 27 by a vote of 95-0. The Senate Human Resources Committee passed the bill out on Thursday, April 4. This bill passed the Senate on Tuesday, April 9 by a vote of 39-11. An appropriation of $55,800 is currently located in SF 446, the Health and Human Services Appropriations bill. This funding is necessary for the one-time costs associated with implementing new licensure requirements under the IDPH Bureau of Professional Licensure. This bill will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.
    • SF 204: Relates to the process that a person can use to voluntarily ban themselves from gambling facilities. Currently, Iowa’s self-exclusion option is for life. This bill provides different options. The first time a person considers self-exclusion, they will have the option of a ban for a five-year period or to ban themselves for life. After the first five years they will have the same options to consider. After the second five-year period is up, the only option the requestor will have is for life. This bill passed the Senate on March 19 by a vote of 46-2. It passed the House on April 8 by a vote of 78-19. It will now be send to the Governor for his consideration.
    • SF 419: Requires that a vision screening be conducted on school children before they begin kindergarten and third grade. The bill provides for reporting requirements for parents and guardians, schools, and providers of the vision screenings. The bill clarifies that a child shall not be prohibited from attending school if such evidence is not provided. A list of options to satisfy the child vision screening requirement is also included. This bill passed the Senate on March 18 by a vote of 44-4 and the House on April 8 by a vote of 97-0. It will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

    Appropriations Process

    • On Thursday, April 18, the Senate passed SF 446 out of the Chamber by a vote of 26-22. To view the most recent Notes on Bill and Amendments (NOBA) published by the Legislative Services Agency, please click here. A NOBA provides side by side explanations of each section of the bill. An updated version incorporating the Senate floor amendments will be published early next week. To check on the new NOBA, please click here, and look for a title similar to “Senate Floor."
    • IDPH is pleased to report that the following items from Governor’s budget recommendations were included in SF 446:
      • An increase of $25,000 to increase support for current wellness activities (e.g. website development and additional "challenges" through Live Healthy Iowa).
      • An increase of $368,000 to sustain administration of public protection services in the Division of Environmental Health including:
        • The inspection program for Iowa’s public pools and spas to ensure safety requirements are met to prevent illness, injury, and drowning.
        • Certification of laboratories and professionals to decrease the exposure to radon in homes, daycare/schools, and businesses.
        • Registration and inspection of tanning facilities to protect consumers from acute and chronic skin reactions.
        • Licensing and inspection of tattoo artists and establishments.
      • An increase of $28,000 in one-time funding for the software changes needed to implement licensure of orthodists, prosthetists, and pedorthists under the Board of Podiatry.
    • For an analysis of the Governor’s budget recommendations please click here. The recommendations for IDPH begin on page 141.
    • The HHS provides appropriations to IDPH, the Department of Human Services, the Department on Aging, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Iowa Veterans Home. For more information on the membership and work of this subcommittee, please click here.                                                                       
    Other Information

    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|
    deborah.thompson@idph.iowa.gov

     

    Promoting and Protecting the Health of Iowans

  • 09 Apr 2013 6:54 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    The Twelfth Week

    Here are some highlights from the past couple of weeks:

    IDPH Legislative Package

    ·        The IDPH bill, HF 392 was withdrawn and substituted for SF 202. One amendment (H-1129) was attached to the bill to amend the tobacco language in Division IV. This was agreed to by IDPH as a compromise. SF 202 passed the House Chamber as amended by a vote of 94-2 on March 26. The bill will return to the Senate so the amended language can be approved by that chamber. Preliminary conversations with key Senators indicate that the amended language will be approved, The bill will then become enrolled and sent to the Governor for his consideration.

     ·        To understand how a bill moves through the legislative process, click here.

    Bill Highlights

    Mental Health

    • SF 406: Mental Health, Judicial Workgroup Recommendations. Establishes an Office of Mental Health Advocate in the Department of Human Rights (DHR). Combines the application for involuntary commitment with treatment of persons with a substance-related disorder under the Iowa Code so an individual can fill out one application for an Iowa Code chapter 125 or 229 commitment. Requires the Department of Human Services to conduct a study regarding the possible development of a hospital bed tracking system in order to most efficiently and effectively serve the needs of persons suffering from mental illness. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on March 25 by a vote of 48-0. To view the Fiscal Note published by the Legislative Services Agency please click here. The House Judiciary Committee passed the bill out with one amendment (H-1251) on April 4. The next step for this legislation is floor debate in the House Chamber.
    • SF 415: This is the major mental health bill that focuses on the recommendations from the transition committee workgroup’s report. To view the report, please click here. Components that impact IDPH include membership in the Children’s Cabinet starting on page 10, line 29 and the establishment of a center for child health innovation and excellence (formerly HF 366) starting on page 14, line 31. This bill has passed the Senate Human Resources Committeeand was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committeedue to the appropriations for the equalization payments to counties as they transition.
    • HSB 229: The House introduced a similar version of the Senate’s mental health bill that includes the equalization appropriation and recommendations provided for in the transition committee workgroup’s report. This bill includes the Children’s Cabinet, but does not include establishment of a center for child health innovation and excellence. A subcommittee of Representatives Heaton, Koester, and Heddens held a public subcommittee meeting on the bill on Wednesday, April 3.

    Health Reform

    • SF 296: Senate Medicaid Expansion Bill. This bill has a number of policy items in it directed at increasing access to health care services for low-income Iowans. This includes but is not limited to expansion of the IDPH I-Smile Program to adults that are specified as eligible in the bill. The Legislative Services Agency has published a Fiscal Note that provides a general summary of the provisions in the bill as well as an estimate of the total fiscal impact to the State of Iowa. To view the Fiscal Note, please click here. This bill passed the Senate on March 25 by a vote of 26-23.
    • SF 296 was passed out of the House Appropriations Standing Committee on April 4 with one amendment (H-1253). The amendment removed the Senate language from the bill and replaced it with legislative intent language. The expressed reasoning for the amendment during the committee meeting was that the House Republicans wanted to have the Governor’s Healthy Iowa Plan legislation so they can review all of the options that are on the table. The Governor’s bill was released on April 4 as HSB 232 and was referred to the House Appropriations Committee. To view additional documents related to the Governor’s Healthy Iowa Plan please click here and here.                                                                         

    Other

    • SF 393: Relates to prenatal care including requiring critical congenital heart disease screening for newborns as part of the state’s newborn screening panel. The reporting requirements for health care providers to report the results of the tests to IDPH is exempted until funding is available for the department to make the needed software adjustments to receive the data. This bill passed the Senate on March 25 by a vote of 49-0. The House Human Resources Committee passed the bill out on Wednesday, April 3. The next step for this bill is debate on the House floor.
    • HF 569: Requires licensure of professionals practicing addiction counseling or providing addiction prevention services by the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science. This bill passed the House on March 27 by a vote of 95-0. The Senate Human Resources Committee passed the bill out on Thursday, April 4. The next step for this bill is debate on the Senate floor.

    Sent to the Governor

    • SF 427: Streamlines the licensing structure under the Iowa Board of Plumbing and Mechanical Systems. This bill passed the Senate on March 25 by a vote of 48-0. The bill passed the House Chamber on March 27 by a vote of 97-0. The final vote to accept the House amendments was taken by the Senate on April 1 and passed by a vote of 50-0.

    Signed by the Governor

    • SF 353: Permits licensed pharmacists to administer immunizations and vaccinations if they have been trained according to rules that will be adopted by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. The bill specifies certain requirements for the licensed pharmacist relating to demographics and limits the types of vaccines and immunizations that can be administered. This bill passed the Senate on March 13 by a vote of 49-0 and passed the House on March 18 by a vote of 98-0. The Governor signed this bill into law on March 28.
    • HF 160: County Mental Health Supplemental Appropriations Bill. Appropriates $11.6 million for FY 2013 from the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Child Enrollment Contingency Fund to the Department of Human Services for the Mental Health and Disability Services Redesign Transition Fund. The Legislative Services Agency published a Notes on Bills and Amendments (NOBA) that provides more details. To view the NOBA click here. The Governor signed this bill into law on March 28.
    • HF 307: Establishes the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Currently it is located as a division under the Department of Defense. This bill passed the House on March 13 by a vote of 100-0 and passed the Senate on March 26 by a vote of 48-0. The Governor signed this bill into law on April 5.
    • HF 486: A licensure bill that fixes language from the 2012 session for three professions that were added under the Board of Podiatry. The Governor also recommended funding of $28,000 for FY 2014 for the needed software updates in order to begin licensing these professionals as soon as is possible. The Senate has also included the funding in their current budget proposal. This bill passed the House on March 20 by a vote of 97-0 and passed the Senate on March 25 by a vote of 49-0. The Governor signed this bill into law on April 5.
    • Senate File 203: An Act relating to mental health and disability services requirements involving the Department of Human Services and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions. The Governor signed this bill into law on April 5.
    • Senate File 347: An Act relating to record checks of prospective and current health care employees and certain students, and including effective date and applicability provisions. The Governor signed this bill into law on April 5.

    Appropriations Process

    ·       On Thursday, March 14, the Senate members of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee passed their budget spreadsheet out. To view the spreadsheet, please click here. The annual appropriations bill will begin in the Senate Chamber. The bill has not been introduced yet, but the numbers provide an indicator of what will be included in the bill once it is out.

     ·        The HHS provides appropriations to IDPH, the Department of Human Services, the Department on Aging, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Iowa Veterans Home. For more information on the membership and work of this subcommittee, please click here.

    Other Information

    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|
    deborah.thompson@idph.iowa.gov

     

    Promoting and Protecting the Health of Iowans

  • 26 Mar 2013 1:52 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    The Tenth Week

    Here are some highlights from the week:

     

    IDPH Legislative Package

    •·        Senate File 202 passed the Iowa Senate on Monday, March 18, by a vote of 48-0. Since the companion bill (HF 392) has passed out of a House Committee already, SF 202 will go directly to the list of bills eligible for debate in the full House Chamber. In other words, it will bypass the committee process in the House.

     

    •·        HF 392 will be debated next week. At least one amendment (H-1129) will be attached to the bill to amend the language in Division IV.  This one has been agreed to by IDPH as a compromise.

     

    •·        To understand how a bill moves through the legislative process, click here.

     

    Bills that Passed a Chamber

    Senate

     

    SF 419: Requires the parent or guardian of a child to be enrolled in a public or accredited nonpublic elementary school to ensure that the child is screened for vision impairment at least once before enrollment in kindergarten and again before enrollment in grade three. The bill does not prohibit a child from being enrolled if the screening is not conducted. This bill passed on March 18, by a vote of 44-4.

    SF 395: This bill is a Department of Human Services (DHS), sponsored bill that addresses the child, adult, and family services under their purview. The Senate added amendment S-3029 that resurrects an amended version of SF 312. SF 312 widens the access to the Medicaid Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act option for women and, potentially, men who meet the eligibility requirements established for the IDPH Care for Yourself Program. The bill allows for a broader range of nonprofit organizations that pay for breast and cervical cancer screenings to be included in the process which provides increased access to treatment services through Medicaid. IDPH provides verification through the Care for Yourself Program of how a person’s screening was funded, if a person was diagnosed with a precancerous breast or cervical condition or cancer, and whether the person meets the eligibility requirements. If all are verified, the person may be eligible to be enrolled in the full Medicaid program for treatment services. This bill passed on March 18, by a vote of 48-0.

    SF 346: Established an Emergency Management Services interim task force to be administered by IDPH. This bill passed on March 18 by a vote of 31-17, with one amendment to add an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner to the task force membership list. It has been introduced in the House Chamber and was referred to the House State Government Committee. A subcommittee has been assigned and includes Representatives Ralph Watts, Pat Grassley, and Sharon Steckman.

    SF 204: Relates to the process that a person can use to voluntarily ban themselves from gambling facilities. Currently, Iowa’s self-exclusion option is for life.The first time a person considers self-exclusion, they will have the option of a ban for a five-year period or to ban themselves for life. After the first five years they will have the same options to consider. After the second five-year period is up, the only option the requestor will have is for life. This bill passed on March 19, by a vote of 46-2.

     

    SF 366: Relates to radon education, prevention, and control in residential properties and school buildings in Iowa. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on March 20 by a vote of 37-19. Amendment S-3030 permits IDPH to retain fees charged to licensees that provide testing and mitigation in Iowa.  The fees will be deposited into a Radon Education Fund that will enhance the current regulatory and educational responsibilities currently under the purview of the department.

    SF 269: Directs IDPH to develop, administer and provide for state-level coordination of a comprehensive Alzheimer’s disease response strategy. IDPH is directed to establish an Alzheimer’s disease coordinator within the department and to convene a multidisciplinary advisory council. A Fiscal Note was published by the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency. To read it, please click here. There is a subsequent appropriation of approximately $140,000 to fund this initiative in the Senate HHS budget spreadsheet. To see the spreadsheet, please click here. This bill passed on March 19, by a vote of 42-8.It has been introduced in the House and referred to the House Human Resources Committee. A subcommittee has not been assigned as of this writing.

     

    House

    •·        HF 486: A licensure bill that fixes language from the 2012 session for three professions that were added under the Board of Podiatry. The Governor also recommended funding of $28,000 for FY 2014 for the needed software updates in order to begin licensing these professionals as soon as is possible. The Senate has also included the funding in their current budget proposal. This bill passed the House on March 20 by a vote of 97-0.

     

    Sent to the Governor

    The following bills have passed both Chambers and will be sent to the Governor’s Office for his consideration:

    • HF 549: Permits licensed pharmacists to administer immunizations and vaccinations if they have been trained according to rules that will be adopted by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. The bill specifies certain requirements for the licensed pharmacist relating to demographics and limits the types of vaccines and immunizations that can be administered. This bill passed the Senate on March 13 by a vote of 49-0 and passed the House on March 18 by a vote of 98-0.
    • HF 419: A DHS department bill that relates to mental health and disability services requirements. The bill passed the Senate on March 12 by a vote of 48-0 and passed the House on March 19 by a vote of 97-0.
    • SF 347: Relates to evaluation results of certain criminal record checks of prospective health care employees by DHS. This bill passed the Senate on March 13 by a vote of 48-0 and passed the House on March 20 by a vote of 97-0.

    Appropriations Process

    ·       On Thursday, March 14, the Senate members of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee passed their budget spreadsheet out. To view the spreadsheet, please click here. The annual appropriations bill will begin in the Senate Chamber. The bill has not been introduced yet, but the numbers provide an indicator of what will be included in the bill once it is out.

     

    •·        The HHS provides appropriations to IDPH, the Department of Human Services, the Department on Aging, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Iowa Veterans Home. For more information on the membership and work of this subcommittee, please click here.

     

    Highlights for the Eleventh Week

    •·        The House and Senate will continue to debate bills to get them passed out of their respective chambers and over to the next chamber. Slowly committee work will begin again in anticipation of the second funnel deadline of April 4.

     

    Other Information

    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|
    deborah.thompson@idph.iowa.gov

     

    Promoting and Protecting the Health of Iowans

  • 04 Mar 2013 1:27 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    The Seventh Week

    Highlights from the week:

    IDPH Legislative Package

    • The Senate version of IDPH's technical bill, SF 202, passed unanimously out of the Senate Human Resources Committee with one amendment to remove the first division of the bill that repeals references to Organized Delivery Systems (ODS) on February 14. The next step is debate in the full Senate Chamber. 
    • A companion bill, HSB 45, passed unanimously out of the House Human Resources Committee with one amendment to remove the first division of the bill that repeals references to Organized Delivery Systems (ODS) on February 25. The next step is debate in the full House Chamber.
    • Each bill is currently identical to one another. One bill will be substituted for the other once one of the chambers passes it out.
    • IDPH would like to thank the members of each committee for their thoughtful consideration of the provisions put forth by the department.
    • To understand how a bill moves through the legislative process, click here.

    Bill Subcommittees Attended

    • Subcommittees were held on the following bills and attended by IDPH staff:
    • HF 181: Relates to the adoption of guidelines for the use and prescribing of opiates by emergency departments.
    • SF 150/HF 166: A licensure bill that fixes language from the 2012 session for three professions that were added under the Board of Podiatry.
    • SF 178: Relates relating to mandatory child abuse and dependent adult abuse reporter training.
    • HSB 131: Permits the sale of raw milk and products made with raw milk in Iowa.
    • SSB 1190: Streamlines the licensing structure under the Iowa Board of Plumbing and Mechanical Systems.
    • SSB 1007: Relates to radon testing and mitigation in residential and school buildings statewide.
    • SSB 1192: Relates to involuntary commitments for persons with substance-related disorders, mental illness, and intellectual disabilities, and providing for the creation of a mental health advocate division in the department of inspections and appeals.
    • SSB 1176: Relates to public cafeterias and the American Heart Association’s dietary guidelines.
    • HF 217: Relates to the creation of a mental health advocate division in the department of inspections and appeals.
    • SF 227: Established an Emergency Management Services interim task force to be administered by IDPH.
    • HSB 149: Relates to prescription authority for certain psychologists.
    • HF 260: Relates to administrative rule-making authority under the Board of Plumbing and Mechanical Systems.
    • SF 196: Relates to prenatal and postpartum care.

    Legislative Committee Work

    • Budget targets were released on Wednesday, February 27 by the majority party legislative leadership in each chamber. This is one of the first of many steps toward developing the state budget for FY 2014 and FY 2015. Targets represent the spending parameters that each joint budget appropriations subcommittee must work within when deciding funding levels for the various departments, agencies, and other entities under their respective purview. In other words, for the estimated revenue the state is anticipating in the next two fiscal years, the target represents the piece of the pie that Health and Human Services, for example, will get to spend. The information provided does not drill down to the individual departments yet, but that information will hopefully be released in the next week or two.
    • The Health and Human Services Joint Appropriations Subcommittee provides appropriations to IDPH, the Department of Human Services, the Department on Aging, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Iowa Veterans Home. For more information on the membership and work of this subcommittee, please click here.
    • To view the House and Senate Human Resources Committee agendas for February 25th and 27th please click here and here respectively.

    Highlights for the Eighth Week

    • The first funnel week ends on Friday, March 8. This is the first major deadline for bills to continue moving through the process. A bill must pass out of a committee to be considered a live bill after this date. There are exceptions to this rule but it is an attempt to begin to narrow the focus of the General Assembly’s work for this session.

    Other Information

    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| deborah.thompson@idph.iowa.gov

    Promoting and Protecting the Health of Iowans

  • 27 Feb 2013 5:02 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    The Sixth Week

    Highlights from the week:

    IDPH Legislative Package

    • On February 13, the Senate version of IDPH’s technical bill, SSB 1016, passed out of the Senate Human Resources Committee with one amendment to remove the first division of the bill that repeals references to Organized Delivery Systems (ODS). The amendment was expected. Opponents of removing ODS from the Iowa Code believe it may offer some options to organizations as implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues. The opponents understood the logic behind IDPH’s proposal but felt the timing was not right. The vote was unanimously in favor of passage and this bill has officially made it past the first funnel. It has been given a new bill number, SF 202. The next step is debate in the full Senate Chamber.
    • A companion bill, HSB 45, was introduced in the House on January 23rd. It was assigned to a subcommittee of Representatives Rob Bacon, Sally Stutsman, and Rob Taylor. The subcommittee met on Monday, February 4 in the House Lobby Lounge and was prepared to make the same recommendation to remove the first division of the bill.
    • However, members of the House Republican caucus are also considering an amendment to remove Division V of the bill that provides access to Iowa’s Quitline counseling services for youth under the age of 18 without permission from a parent or guardian. IDPH will continue to provide information to legislators in an effort to keep this very important provision in the bill. The department believes it is important to support youth who are exhibiting a personal interest in changing unhealthy behaviors by seeking information from the Iowa Quitline Quit Coaches®
    • To understand how a bill moves through the legislative process, click here.

    Bill Highlights

    • HSB 122 and SSB 1159 relate to vision screening for school children. This legislation is the result of a collaborative effort from various stakeholders, led by Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Director of IDPH, over the 2012 interim. Bill subcommittees were held in each chamber where the collaboration continued as amendments were offered on the bill.  Each of these bills could be passed out of their respective Human Resources Committees as early as this week.
    • SSB 1107 eliminates the exception under Iowa’s Smoke Free Air Act that permits smoking on gaming floors. If the bill passes, an entire casino would have to become smoke-free. A bill subcommittee was held on Tuesday, February 12 in the Senate Lounge. A large audience attended and a few people spoke both in favor and in opposition of the bill. A second bill subcommittee will be held, but has not been scheduled as of this writing.
    • SF 204 (formerly SF 28) relates to the process that a person can use to voluntarily ban themselves from gambling facilities. Currently, Iowa’s self-exclusion option is for life. This bill, as passed by the Senate State Government Committee on Wednesday, February 13, would provide different options. The first time a person considers self-exclusion, they will have the option of a ban for a five-year period or to ban themselves for life. After the first five years, they will have the same options to consider. After the second five-year period is up, the only option the requestor will have is for life. Mark Vander Linden, Executive Officer of the IDPH Office of Gambling Treatment and Prevention provided the following report that evaluates self-exclusion as an intervention for problem gambling. To view the report, please click here.

    Legislative Committee Work

    • Sonni Vierling, State Coordinator for the 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative presented to the HHS subcommittee on Monday, February 18. She provided the subcommittee members with an overview of the initiative. Legislators are interested in learning about the 1st Five Program as they make decisions regarding the structure of a children’s mental health system in Iowa.
    • Erin Drinnin, Project Manager for the Direct Care Workforce Initiative, presented to the HHS subcommittee on Wednesday, February 20. She provided an overview of the initiative and the federal Personal and Home Care Aid State Training (PHCAST) grant that IDPH received in the fall of 2010. She and other invited presenters also discussed the work of the Direct Care Worker Advisory Council.
    • The Health and Human Services Joint Appropriations Subcommittee provides appropriations to IDPH, the Department of Human Services, the Department on Aging, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Iowa Veterans Home. For more information on the membership and work of this subcommittee, please click here.
    • To view the House and Senate Human Resources Committee agendas for February 11th and 13th please click here and here respectively.

    Other Information

    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| deborah.thompson@idph.iowa.gov

    Promoting and Protecting the Health of Iowans

  • 14 Feb 2013 1:18 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    The Fourth Week

    Highlights from the week:

    IDPH Legislative Package

    • The Senate version of IDPH’s technical bill, SSB 1016 , was introduced on January 15th. The subcommittee of Senators, Mary Jo Wilhelm (chair), Herman Quirmbach, and Nancy Boettger, will recommend passage to the full Senate Human Resources Committe with at least one amendment. The amendment will remove the first division of the bill that repeals references to Organized Delivery Systems (ODS). Opponents of removing ODS’ from the Iowa Code believe that it may offer some options to organizations as implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues. The opponents understood the logic behind IDPH’s proposal but felt the timing was not right.
    • A companion bill, HSB 45, was introduced in the House on January 23rd. It was assigned to a subcommittee of Representatives Rob Bacon, Sally Stutsman, and Rob Taylor. The subcommittee met on Monday, February 4th at 12:30pm in the House Lobby Lounge and decided to provide the same recommendations to the full House Human Resources Committee as the Senators will make.
    • Each of these bills may be taken up by each chamber’s human resources committee as early as Wednesday of this week!
    • To understand how a bill moves through the legislative process, click here.

    Bill Highlights

    • Radon. Staff from IDPH have attended two subcommittees for bills that relate to testing and mitigation of radon in specified buildings. SF 49 requires public and private schools to test for radon every two years. The bill specifies the actions that must be taken by a school’s authorities if radon levels are found to be higher than recommended levels. The mitigation must occur within a specified time period. IDPH is required to promulgate administrative rules jointly with the Department of Education to implement the bill. IDPH also anticipates an increase in technical assistance to the public, schools, and the professionals that test for and mitigate radon. SSB 1007 includes similar requirements for Iowa’s schools but is more comprehensive. The bill provides for radon control standards in residential construction and provides for an income tax credit for certain radon mitigation and abatement costs. IDPH is charged with approving tax credit certificates that Iowans will provide to the Department of Revenue. IDPH is also charged with administering an education fund and program by retaining fees charged to professionals that test for radon and the professionals that mitigate buildings with high radon levels.
    • Radon is a natural radioactive gas and prolonged indoor exposure has been identified as a potential cause of lung cancer. Currently, IDPH’s radon program includes an education program for the public, especially homeowner’s and potential buyers, and health care providers. Local county public health agencies can facilitate the purchase of a do-it-yourself, low-cost test kit for homeowners. The department also certifies persons who perform radon testing or mitigation and laboratories that provide radon testing devices. The department charges fees for this certification that are deposited directly into the general fund. Support for the program is currently provided by an Environmental Protection Agency grant. However the future of this grant remains uncertain under the current climate surrounding the federal budget.

    Legislative Committee Work

    • On Wednesday, Feb. 6th, Dr. Dr. Miller-Meeks, Director of IDPH, presented to the Senate State Government Committee on the regulatory functions of the department, specifically licensure of certain professions. The state government committees in each chamber handle most of the licensure bills that are proposed during session. The presentation provided a great opportunity to educate legislators about the spectrum of responsibilities under IDPH. The Senators appreciated the information and asked great questions relating to current and past licensure bills that they have worked on.
    • Currently IDPH is closely monitoring three licensure bills. Two are companion bills that relate to the licensure of polysomnographic technologists (HSB 59/SSB 1091). The bills would add these professionals to the purview of the Board of Respiratory Care within the IDPH Bureau of Professional Licensure. The third bill provides additional directives to assist with the continued implementation of SF 364 from the 2012 session that added persons offering orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic services, to the purview of the Board of Podiatry (HF 166/SF 150). The Governor has recommended a general fund appropriation of $29,000 for FY 2014 for software adjustments relating to licensure of these new professionals as well.
    • The Health and Human Services Joint Appropriations Subcommittee  provides appropriations to IDPH, the Department of Human Services, the Department on Aging, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Iowa Veterans Home. For more information on the membership and work of this subcommittee, please click here.
    • To view the House and Senate Human Resources Committee agendas for February 4th and 6th please click here and here respectively.

    Other Information

    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| deborah.thompson@idph.iowa.gov

    Promoting and Protecting the Health of Iowans

  • 05 Feb 2013 2:46 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    The Third Week

    Highlights from the week:

    IDPH Legislative Package

    • The Senate version of IDPH’s technical bill, SSB 1016 , was introduced on January 15th and was referred to the Human Resources Committee. It has been assigned to a subcommittee of Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm (chair), Herman Quirmbach, and Nancy Boettger. A subcommittee met on Monday, January 28, at 12:30 pm in the Senate Lobby Lounge.
    • The subcommittee members will recommend passage to the full Senate Human Resources Committee with two amendments.  One will remove the first division of the bill that relates to Organized Delivery Systems (ODS).  Iowa Health Systems, the Iowa Hospital Association, and Mercy Health Network spoke in opposition of IDPH’s proposal to remove ODS’ from the Iowa Code due to the uncertainty of its necessity while components of the Affordable Care Act are implemented in the near future.
    • The second amendment was offered by the Iowa Medical Society in an effort to strengthen language in division three that relates to reimbursement by the state for certain autopsies performed by counties. The amendment does not change the intent of the changes proposed by IDPH.
    • A companion bill, HSB 45, was introduced in the House on January 23rd and referred the Human Resources Committee. It was assigned to a subcommittee of Representatives Rob Bacon, Sally Stutsman, and Rob Taylor. A subcommittee has been scheduled for Monday, February 4th at 12:30pm in the House Lobby Lounge.
    • To understand how a bill moves through the legislative process, click here.

    Legislative Committee Work

    • Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Director of IDPH, presented to the Joint Health and Human Services (HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday, January 29th to provide an overview of the IDPH budget.  The presentation included information on the Governor’s recommendations for the FY 2014 and FY 2015 budget years as well as some discussion on the potential impacts of sequestration.
    • To see the complete LSA analysis of the Governor’s budget recommendations please click here. The analysis of the agencies under the HHS Appropriations Subcommittee begins on page 139.
    • This budget subcommittee provides appropriations to IDPH, the Department of Human Services, the Department on Aging, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Iowa Veterans Home. For more information on the membership and work of this subcommittee, please click here.
    • To view the House and Senate Human Resources Committee agendas for January 28th and 30th please click here and here respectively.

    Highlights for Next Week

    Dr. Dr. Miller-Meeks has been invited to present to the Senate State Government Committee on the regulatory functions of the department, specifically licensure of certain professions.  The state government committees in each chamber handle most of the licensure bills that are proposed during session.  This is a great opportunity to provide education to legislators about the spectrum of responsibilities under IDPH. The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6th, at 2:00pm in room 22.

    Other Information

    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| deborah.thompson@idph.iowa.gov

    Promoting and Protecting the Health of Iowans

  • 29 Jan 2013 3:50 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    The Second Week

    Highlights from the week:

    IDPH Legislative Package

    • The Senate version of IDPH’s technical bill, SSB 1016 , was introduced on January 15th and was referred to the Human Resources Committee. It has been assigned to a subcommittee of Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm (chair), Herman Quirmbach, and Nancy Boettger. A subcommittee has been scheduled for Monday, January 28, at 12:30 pm in the Senate Lobby Lounge.
    • A companion bill, HSB 45, was also introduced in the House on January 23rd and referred the Human Resources Committee. It was assigned to a subcommittee of Representatives Rob Bacon, Sally Stutsman, and Rob Taylor. As of this writing a subcommittee meeting has not been scheduled.
    • To understand how a bill moves through the legislative process, click here.

    Legislative Committee Work

    • Gerd Clabaugh, Deputy Director for the Department and Director of the Division of Acute Disease Prevention and Emergency Response presented an overview of IDPH and its functions to the House Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, January 23rd. It was a great opportunity to provide some education and exposure to the newest members of the committee and to promote the spectrum of services and programs IDPH provides to their constituents back home.  I spoke briefly about the Governor’s Healthiest State Initiative (HSI) as the HSI Coordinator for IDPH.  HSI will be holding their 2nd Annual Day on the Hill on Thursday, January 31st and will be discussing their next steps with legislators.  For more information about the HSI’s next steps please click here.
    • The Joint Health and Human Services (HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee met for the first time on Thursday, January 24th. Fiscal Division analysts, Estelle Montgomery and Jess Benson, from the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) provided their analysis of the Governor’s budget recommendations for each department under the purview of the subcommittee.  This budget subcommittee provides appropriations to IDPH, the Department of Human Services, the Department on Aging, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Iowa Veterans Home.
    • To see the complete LSA analysis of the Governor’s budget recommendations please click here.  The analysis of the agencies under the HHS Appropriations Subcommittee begins on page 139.
    • For more information on the membership and work of this subcommittee, please click here.

    Highlights for Next Week

    Dr. Miller-Meeks, Director of IDPH, has been invited to present to the HHS subcommittee on Tuesday, January 29th to provide an overview of the IDPH budget.  Her presentation will include information on the Governor’s recommendations for the FY 2014 and FY 2015 budget years as well as some discussion on the potential impacts of sequestration as requested by the subcommittee members.

    Other Information

    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| deborah.thompson@idph.iowa.gov

    Promoting and Protecting the Health of Iowans

  • 22 Jan 2013 10:19 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    The First Week

    The first session of the 85th General Assembly started on Monday, January 14th here are some highlights from the week:

    • Condition of the State. Governor Branstad delivered his 18th Condition of the State address to the General Assembly on January 15th. The address focused on his three major goals for this legislative session:
      • Job creation and expanding opportunity for Iowa’s families;
      • Improving educational opportunities for Iowa’s children;
      • Improving the health of our citizens.
    • To view his remarks in their entirety 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 years FY 2014 and FY 2015. He has recommended the following changes for IDPH and FY 2013 level funding for all other programs:
      • An increase of $25,000 to increase support for current wellness activities (e.g. website development and additional "challenges" through Live Healthy Iowa).
      • An increase of $368,000 to sustain administration of public protection services in the Division of Environmental Health including:
        • The inspection program for Iowa’s public pools and spas to ensure safety requirements are met to prevent illness, injury, and drowning.
        • Certification of laboratories and professionals to decrease the exposure to radon in homes, daycare/schools, and businesses.
        • Registration and inspection of tanning facilities to protect consumers from acute and chronic skin reactions.
        • Licensing and inspection of tattoo artists and establishments.
      • An increase of $28,000 in one-time funding for the software changes needed to implement licensure of orthodists, prosthetists, and pedorthists under the Board of Podiatry.
      • An increase of $480,000 in one-time funding while the department transitions information technology functions from the current agency support model to enterprise support model.
      • A state match for the Iowa e-Health federal grant is no longer needed and results in a reduction of $363,987.
      • A decrease of $134,214 for the elimination of the Health and Long-Term Access Council.
    • For an analysis of the Governor’s budget recommendations please click here. The recommendations for IDPH begin on page 141.

    IDPH Legislative Package

    • IDPH will have one technical bill for the 2013 session.  SSB 1016 was introduced in the Senate on January 15th and was referred to the Human Resources Committee. It has been assigned to a subcommittee of Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm (chair), Herman Quirmbach, and Nancy Boettger. As of this writing, a meeting of this subcommittee has not been scheduled.
    • For more information about the components of the bill, please click here.
    • To understand how a bill moves through the legislative process, click here.

    Highlights for Next Week

    • IDPH has been invited to give an overview of the department and its functions to the House Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, January 23rd.
    • The Joint Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee will meet for the first time on Thursday, January 24th. As of this writing, an agenda has not been released; however, a typical first day includes remarks from the co-chairs and ranking members as well as a brief presentation from the Legislative Services Agency on the governor’s budget recommendations. For more information on the membership and work of this subcommittee, please click here.

    Other Information

    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| deborah.thompson@idph.iowa.gov
     
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