News and Policy Updates

  • 11 Apr 2017 8:26 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    In this issue:

    • Second Funnel
    • IDPH 2017 Policy Package
    • Public Health Bills of Interest That Survived the Second Funnel
    • Bills Sent to, Signed by Governor
    • Bills of Interest That Did Not Advance
    The following link will take you to the IDPH Legislative Communications and Engagement web page:
  • 21 Mar 2017 3:16 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    In this issue:

    • IDPH 2017 Policy Package 
    • Public Health Bills of Interest
    The following link will take you to the IDPH Legislative Communications and Engagement web page:
  • 08 Mar 2017 5:08 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    IDPH Legislative Update March 8, 2017 (PDF)

    In this issue:

    • First Funnel
    • IDPH 2017 Policy Package
    • Public Health Bills of Interest Surviving Funnel
    • Public Health-Related Bills That Did Not Become Funnel-Proof

    The following link will take you to the IDPH Legislative Communications and Engagement web page:

  • 13 Feb 2017 3:44 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    IDPH Legislative Update February 13, 2017 (PDF) 

    In this issue: 

    • SF 130 De-approrpriations Act
    • HSB 25 - Public Health Omnibus Bill
    • IDPH and Iowa Workforce Development's Plumbing/Contractors Bill Draft
    • IDPH Presentation
    • Subcommittees Attended
    • Other Public Health Bills of Interest
    The following link will take you to the IDPH Legislative Communications and Engagement web page:
  • 08 Feb 2017 7:38 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    Iowa Nurse Practitioner Legislative Day

    Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017
    State Capitol Room 304
    A Co-Sponsored Event by the
    Iowa Association of Nurse Practitioners
    Iowa Nurse Practitioner Society


    9:00- 9:15 Attendee introductions: Name, type of ARNP, title, patient population served

    9:15-10:00 Cheryll Jones: “So You Want To Be an Advocate”

    10:00-10:30 Joe Kelly: 2017 Session State Legislative Bills and Issues

    10:30-11:15 Kathy Weinberg: Iowa Board of Nursing

    • Chapter 7 Updates
    • Iowa Opioid Abuse and Heroin Addiction – what does it mean for ARNPs?
    • Compact Update

    11:15-12:00 Panel of Legislators

    12:00 Adjourn. Meet with your legislators * (lunch on your own)

    There is no fee for participation in this event

    Schedule is tentative at this time and may be modified as needed to accommodate our speakers. Refreshments may be purchased in the capitol dining room or you may bring your own coffee/beverage/snack from outside. Dress in layers for your own comfort.

    Please RSVP to Maria Lofgren by February 14th:

    *It is recommended that you call or email your legislator prior to the event asking for a specific appointment or for the legislator/aide to designate the best time to send in a note that afternoon. However, you may just send in a note via the door man at the chambers door on the day of the event and take a chance regarding having the opportunity to meet/talk with your legislator.


  • 31 Jan 2017 4:14 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    IDPH Legislative Update January 30, 2017 (PDF)

    In this issue: 

    • IDPH Legislative Budget Package Overview – FY 2018 
    • HSB 25 – Public Health Omnibus Bill 
    • IDPH and Iowa Workforce Development’s Plumbing/Contractors Bill Draft
    • Subcommittees Attended 
    • Public Health Bills of Interest

    Click here or above to download PDF version of report.

    The following link will take you to the IDPH Legislative Communications and Engagement web page.

  • 07 Dec 2016 1:32 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new board members. All positions will start January 1.

    Secretary:  Jennifer (Arends) DeVore

    NW Rep:  Diana Smith

    SW Rep:  Michelle Hunerdosse

    Treasurer (by appointment):  Angie Blankenship

    Additionally, Theresa Hohertz will be starting her new role as President January 1.

    Thank you for your passion and commitment to our profession and the INPS organization.

    Sherry Buske NP- C, CDE, President

  • 10 Nov 2016 12:43 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    Please fill out your evaluation of the 2016 INPS Conference. Click here.

  • 21 Jul 2016 10:38 AM | Andrea Achenbach

    2016-2017 INPS Grant and Scholarship information and applications can be found under the Awards and Grant tab. 

    INPS is excited to offer two $2500 scholarships and grants of $1000.

  • 08 Jun 2016 7:44 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    In this issue:

    • 2016 End of Session Update
    • Enacted Bills of Public Health Interest (Attached)
    • Updated FY 2017 IDPH Appropriations Analysis (Attached)
    • Governor’s Actions ummary
    • 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 on May 27, 2016. To see the entire list of bills signed into law from the 2016 session please visit this link:

    Attached to this email is the document entitled, “Enacted Bills of Public Health Interest.” These are select bills that were signed into law that may be of interest to the public health and health care sectors as well as IDPH program staff. The second attachment is entitled, “Updated IDPH FY 2017 Appropriations Analysis.” This document was sent in the previous IDPH Legislative Update and has been updated to reflect the Governor’s item vetoes that impacted IDPH in two of the appropriations bills.

    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). 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.

    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.

    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.
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