News and Policy Updates

  • 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.


  • 20 Apr 2016 7:06 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    In this issue: 

    Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill

    IDPH’s General Fund appropriations are provided for in the Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill (HF2460). The bill started in the House and was passed with amendments by a vote of 56 to 42. In the version of the bill that is headed to the Senate, the department has an overall appropriation of $59.5 million and 185.0 FTE positions. This is a net decrease of $196,000 and an increase of 3.0 FTE positions compared to estimated FY 2016.

    The following information is a review of the budget unit highlighting any significant changes compared to FY 2016 and unless otherwise stipulated programs have received status quo funding.

    Addictive Disorders

    Summary: The current bill includes a reallocation of $275,000 from the gambling treatment and prevention program, as requested by IDPH and recommended by the Governor, and no change in FTE positions.

    Program

    Governor’s Rec

    House Bill

    Explanation

    Tobacco Use, Prevention and Control

    Status quo funding of $5,248,361.

    Status quo funding of $5,248,361.

    N/A

    Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) Collaboration

    Status quo

    Removes specified funding.

    DPH and ABD have historically collaborated on a number of initiatives. Removing the specified allocation the agencies to work together to determine funding needs.

    Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention

    Decrease of $275,000.

    Decrease of $275,000 and addition of youth prevention to the language. Allocation paragraphs were also removed.

    This change is due to historical reversions for the problem gambling, treatment and recovery services program. The funding is reallocated to other programs in the department. The removal of allocation paragraphs allows for more flexibility in funding prevention programs.

    Substance-Related Disorder Block Grant

    Status quo

    Strikes outdated language.

    Several years ago, there was an attempt to use expenditures for substance abuse treatment of inmates as Maintenance-of-Effort for the grant. This did not work, making the language unnecessary.

    Healthy Children and Families

    Summary: The current bill includes an increase of $976,231 for the 1st Five Program and no change in FTE positions.

    Program

    Governor’s Rec

    House Bill

    Explanation

    1st Five Program

    Status quo funding of $2,198,828

    Increase of $976,231.

    This will fund full implementation in 65 counties and allow for Community Planning for at least one new area that would cover two counties. The new counties will be selected via a request for proposals (RFP) process.

    Child Burial Assistance Program

    No new funding, but permission to continue to utilize initial funding. 

    No new funding, but permission to continue to utilize initial funding.

    From the initial allocation of $100,000, there is approximately $50,000 remaining.

    Chronic Conditions

    Summary: The current bill includes a reallocation of $25,000 from the Cervical and Cancer Screening Program, as requested IDPH and recommended by the Governor, and no change in FTEs.

    Program

    Governor’s Rec

    House Bill

    Explanation

    Cervical and Colon Cancer Screening

    Decrease of $25,000.

    Decrease of $25,000.

    The number of people seeking these screenings is decreasing as more people enroll in new public and private health plans. The funding is reallocated to other programs in the department.

    Community Capacity

    Summary: The current bill has a net decrease of $1,082,199 and 2.00 addition FTE positions. These include:

    • A decrease of $1,672,199 to reflect the Governor's item veto of funding for the Iowa Collaborative Safety Net Provider Network in FY 2016. 
    • A decrease of $105,448 to eliminate funding for the Mental Health Professional Workforce Shortage Area Program allocation as requested by IDPH and recommended by the Governor.
    • An increase of $74,059 to the PRIMECARRE Loan Repayment Program as requested by IDPH and recommended by the Governor.
    • An increase of $47,000 and 0.50 FTE position to the Child Vision Screening Program as requested by IDPH and recommended by the Governor.
    • An increase of $74,389 and 0.50 FTE position to fund the Office on Minority and Multicultural Health as requested by IDPH and recommended by the Governor.
    • An increase of $500,000 for the Medical Residency Program.
    • An increase of 1.00 FTE position for a general increase to better manage workforce contracts and workforce strategies.

    Program

    Governor’s Rec

    House Bill

    Explanation

    Mental Health Professional Shortage Area Program

    Decrease of $105,000. 

    Decrease of $105,448.

    This eliminates the allocation for this program. The funding is reallocated to other programs in the department.

    Medical Residency Training Program

    N/A

    Increase of $500,000.

    The increase is directed toward prioritizing an award for funding the residency of an internal medicine residency.

    Healthy Aging

    Summary: Status quo funding of $7,297,142.

    Infectious Disease

    Summary: Status quo funding of $1,335,155 and a FTE cap of 4.00.

    Public Protection

    Summary: The current bill has an increase of $60,000 and 1.00 FTE position. The increase provides additional resources to the Certificate of Need Program as requested by IDPH and recommended by the Governor.

    Resource Management

    Summary: The current bill has an increase of $150,000 and no change in FTE positions as requested by IDPH and recommended by the Governor. The increase will fund service charges from the Office of the Chief Information Officer due the enterprise-wide strategy of centralizing executive branch IT Infrastructure support.

    Reporting directives are included under this budget unit as follows:

    • ·         Requires additional information from selected entities that receive state funds through IDPH pass through contracting. IDPH is required to make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on aligning, bundling, or otherwise redistributing the funding based on the information provided.
    • ·         Requires IDPH to create a healthcare workforce strategy and to work with the Governor’s STEM initiative in the Department of Education to encourage elementary and secondary education students to pursue careers in the fields of health and health care.

    Additional Policy Provisions:

    • Changes to the Autism Behavior Analyst and Assistant Behavior Analyst Grant Program related to eligible programs, practicing in Iowa after graduation, award maximums and required reports.
    • Elimination of the sunset date for the Nursing Residency State Matching Grants Program and Iowa Needs Nurses Now Program.
    • Grandfathers in Level 2 Trauma Care Service Categorizations achieved before July 1, 2015, as long as the hospital continues to meet the requirements existing at that time. The grandfathering provision lasts until December 31, 2018.
    • Amends SF 2218 to permit, rather than require, the DPH to adopt rules to administer the Opioid Antagonist Authorization Act and removes a burdensome regulatory structure.
    • Requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) to discontinue the Medicaid Family Planning Network Waiver effective July 1, 2016, and create a new state Family Planning Program.
    • Directs the DHS, in cooperation with IDPH and the Department of Education (DE) to establish an RFP process for the purpose of contracting for two planning grants for the development and implementation of children’s mental health crisis services.

     

    IDPH Budget Priorities Summary

    The following are General Fund budget priorities that IDPH outlined at the beginning of session. All currently appear in the House Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill.

    • Increase of $74,059 to the PRIMECARRE Program.
    • Increase of $60,000 for the Certificate of Need (CON) Program.
    • New allocation of $47,000 to the Child Vision Screening Program.
    • New allocation of $150,000 to fund the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) service charges (utility billings).
    • New allocation of $74,389 for the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health (OMMH).
    • Reallocation of $275,000 from the Gambling Treatment and Prevention Program.
    • Reallocation of $25,000 from the Cervical and Colorectal Cancer Screening Program.
    • Reallocation of $105,448 from the Mental Health Workforce Stipend Program.

    IDPH’s request from the Technology Reinvestment Fund, explained below, has also been honored in SF 2324, the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund Appropriations Bill. This bill passed the Senate with amendments on April 20 by a vote of 27 to 23.

    • $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.

    Bills Signed by the Governor

    SF 2144 Behavioral Health Information Disclosure. This bill was signed into law by the Governor on Wednesday, April 6.

    SF 2258 Child Welfare/Human Trafficking/Department of Human Services Bill. This bill was signed into law by the Governor on Wednesday, April 6.

    SF 2191 Department of Public Safety Office Human Trafficking. The bill was signed into law by the Governor on Thursday, April 7.

    SF 2219 Carbon Monoxide Alarms. The bill was signed into law by the Governor on Thursday, April 14.

    SF 2102 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program/Board of Pharmacy Bill.  The bill was signed into law by the Governor on Wednesday, April 6.

    SF 2116 Controlled Substances Scheduling/Board of Pharmacy Bill. The bill was signed into law by the Governor on Wednesday, April 13.

    HF 2146 Self-Dispensing Lottery Tickets. The bill was signed into law by the Governor on Wednesday, March 30.

    HF 2377 Rural Iowa Primary Care. It was signed into law by the Governor on March 30.

    HF 2387 Dental Board Exams. It was signed into law by the Governor on Wednesday, March 20.

    HF 2380 Naloxone/Narcan Overdose Emergency Drug. It was signed into law by the Governor on Wednesday, April 6.

    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 to join-IDPHLEGUPDATE@lists.ia.gov.
  • 04 Apr 2016 3:06 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)
    This week’s newsletter showcases snapshots from weeks 10-12 of the 2016 Legislative Session. 

    In this issue:

    Legislative Guidelines                                                

    For the 10th week of session (March 14-18), the Senate could only consider House bills and bills on the Unfinished Business Calendar. The House can only consider Senate bills and bills on the Unfinished Business Calendar. Beginning the 11th week of session (March 21-25) and moving forward, the following are eligible for consideration:

    -Bills passed by both Houses                               -Appropriation Bills

    -Ways and Means Bills                                           -Government Oversight Bills

    -Legalizing Acts                                                         -Administrative Rules Review Committee Bills

    -Bills on the Veto Calendar                                  -Concurrent or Simple Resolutions

    -Unfinished Business                                             -Joint Resolutions nullifying Administrative Rules

    -Committee Bills related to delayed or suspended Administrative Rules

    -Bills co-sponsored by Senate and House Majority Leaders

     

    For more information about the funnel process, and previous bills that have not advanced, consult past legislative updates on the IDPH website.

    IDPH Policy Bill

    SF 2159 Public Health Flexibility. The bill 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 supported it including:

    • ·         Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm from Howard County, Senate Floor Manager
    • ·         Representative Greg Forristall from Pottawattamie County, House Floor Manager
    • ·         The Iowa Public Health Association
    • ·         The Iowa Counties Public Health Association
    • ·         The American Heart Association
    • ·         Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa

     

    Finally, a special thanks to Joy Harris and Martha Gelhaus at the Department of Public Health for their hard work on this legislation and to the Public Health Advisory Council for their feedback and guidance.

    Select Bills That Are Still Alive

    The following bills may still be taken up by the General Assembly because they have met eligibility requirements:

    Behavioral Health

    SF 166 Fantasy Sports. This bill was introduced in the 2015 Legislative Session and was reassigned to the House State Government Committee when it was not taken up by the full House Chamber. On March 2it was reassigned to a subcommittee. The subcommittee of Representatives Jake Highfill, Dennis Cohoon and Quentin Stanerson met on Tuesday, March 8. The bill passed out of subcommittee. It passed out of the full House State Government Committee by a vote of 15 to 7 on Wednesday, March 9. It was then referred to the House Ways and Means Committee due to the fines and fees included in the language.

    Chronic and Infectious Disease

    SF 2146 Alzheimer’s Awareness (formerly SSB 3066). This bill passed out of the Senate Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, February 9 by a vote of 9 to 3. This bill was then referred to the committee on Appropriations. A subcommittee of Senators Robert Dvorsky, Julian Garrett and Amanda Ragan has been assigned. Bills in the Appropriations standings committees are exempted from the funnel deadlines.

     

    SF 2136 Meningococcal Disease Immunizations (formerly SSB 3073). This bill passed the full Senate on Monday, February 22 by a vote of 45 to 4. It was then sent to the House and referred to the House Human Resources Committee. The bill passed the full House Human Resources Committee by a vote of 18 to 3 on March 9.  An amendment was filed on Wednesday, March 16. Click here to view the amendment. It was placed on the House calendar under unfinished business on Friday, March 18.

     

    HF 2384 Medical Cannabidiol Act Modifications (formerly HSB 607). A subcommittee of Representatives Guy Vander Linden, John Forbes and Zach Nunn met on Wednesday, February 17. The bill passed subcommittee. The bill also passed the full House Commerce Committee on Wednesday, February 17 with amendments by a vote of 17 to 6. The new bill, HF 2384, was introduced and referred to the Ways and Means Committee. Bills in the Ways and Means standings committees are exempted from the funnel deadlines.

    Healthy Homes

    SF 2219 Carbon Monoxide Alarms (formerly SSB 3017). This bill passed the full Senate State Government Committee on Monday, February 15. The bill passed the full Senate on Monday, February 29 by a vote of 37 to 11. Its companion bill, HF 2310 (formerly HSB 539), passed the full House State Government Committee on Thursday, February 11, by a vote of 19 to 2.

    UPDATE: The bill passed the House on Wednesday, March 30 by a vote of 87 to 9. The House substituted SF 2219 for HF 2310 and attached an amendment to the bill. HF 2310 will return to the Senate for consideration of the House amendment.

    Professional Licensure

    HF 2334 Rx Authority for Psychologists (formerly HSB 503). This bill passed out of the full House Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, February 9 by a vote of 14 to 6.  Its companion bill, SF 2188 (formerly SF 2075), did not pass the full Senate after being amended by a vote of 24 to 25. However, a motion was filed to reconsider the vote on the bill. Both bills were placed on the calendar as unfinished business.

     

    SF 2275 Natural Hair Braiding (formerly SF 2013). This bill passed out of the full Senate State Government Committee on Thursday, February 18 by a unanimous vote. This bill passed the full Senate by a unanimous vote on Monday, February 29. It was then sent to the House and referred to the House State Government Committee. The bill passed the full House State Government Committee on Wednesday, March 9 by a vote of 18 to 3. A strike-after amendment replaced the bill’s language with a slightly amended version of HF 2094 that did not advance the first funnel. Click here to view the amendment. The bill has been placed under the House unfinished business calendar.

    Opioid Antagonist Bills – Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention

    SF 410 Drug Overdose Prevention. This bill passed out of the full House Human Resources Committee by a unanimous vote on Thursday, February 4 with an amendment. It may now be considered by the full House. UPDATE: The bill was placed on the calendar under unfinished business however, with the passage of SF 2218 that deals with the same subject, this bill is unlikely to advance any further. More details are included under “Sent to the Governor” below.

    Other bills of interest

    SF 2113 Firework Provisions (formerly SF 508). This bill passed out of the full Senate State Government Committee with an amendment on Wednesday, February 3 by a vote of 9 to 5. The bill was referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee for review of the penalties and fees included in the language. A subcommittee of Senators William A. Dotzler, Randy Feenstra and Janet Petersen has been assigned. UPDATE: A subcommittee meeting was held on Thursday, March 31.

     

    SSB 3165 Local Food Inspections. This bill was introduced on February 16 and was referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. A subcommittee of Senators Bill Dotzler, Herman Quirmbach and Jason Shultz met on Thursday, March 3 and passed the bill out. It is now eligible for consideration by the full Ways and Means Committee. Bills in this committee are funnel-proof.

     

    SF 232 Tanning Facilities Regulation. This bill did not advance last session and was referred back to the House Human Resources Committee. It passed the House Human Resources this session on February 16 with an amendment to decrease the ban on tanning to age 17. It is now eligible for debate in the full House. This bill has been placed on the House calendar under unfinished business.

     

    New Bills of Interest

    Government Oversight

    SF 2305 Medicaid Program Improvement (formerly SSB 3173). This bill is identical to SF 2213 that died in the House earlier in session.  Senate leadership reintroduced it as a Government Oversight bill so the issue would continue to be considered this session. SF 2305 passed out of the Senate Government Oversight Committee on March 17 and is now eligible for debate by the full Senate chamber. House leadership has indicated that it is working on language of its own that deals with the same subject.

     

    HF 2449 State Administrative Rulemaking Requirements (formerly HSB 646). This bill was introduced on March 23 by the House Government Oversight Committee. It was voted out of committee on Wednesday, March 30. It may now be considered by the full House chamber.

     

    HF 2450 Human Growth and Development Course Enrollment (formerly  HSB 647). This bill was introduced on March 23 by the House Government Oversight Committee. It was voted out of committee on Wednesday, March 30. It may now be considered by the full House chamber.

     

    Notable Bills That Will Not Advance

    HF 2366 Mental Health Advocate Duties

    SF 2297 Children’s Mental Health and Well-Being

     

    Sent to the Governor

    The legislature has taken its final action on the following bills and they will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration:

     

    HF 2380 Naloxone/Narcan Overdose Emergency Drug (formerly HF 2132). This bill was voted out of the full House Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, February 16 by a unanimous vote. Its companion bill, SF 2218 (formerly SF 2008) passed the Senate on Tuesday, March 8 by a unanimous vote with an amendment. It was then sent to the House and placed on the unfinished business calendar with its companion, HF 2380. UPDATE: HF 2380 was substituted for SF 2218 and was passed by the full House by a vote of 93 to 2 on Thursday, March 24.

     

    SF 2102 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program/Board of Pharmacy Bill (formerly SSB 3003). This bill passed the full Senate on Monday, February 22 by a unanimous vote. It was then sent to the House and assigned to the House Human Resources Committee. It passed the full Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, March 3 by a unanimous vote. UPDATE: This bill passed the full House on Tuesday, March 15 by a unanimous vote.

     

    SF 2116 Controlled Substances Scheduling. This bill passed the full Senate on Monday, February 22 by a unanimous vote. It was then sent to the House and referred to the House Public Safety Committee. The bill passed the full House Public Safety Committee on Wednesday, March 9 by a unanimous vote. UPDATE: This bill passed the full House chamber on March 30 by a vote of 97 to 0.

     

    SF 2191 Department of Public Safety Office Human Trafficking (formerly SF 2082). This bill passed the full Senate by a unanimous vote on Tuesday, February 23. It passed the full House by a unanimous vote on Wednesday, March 16.

     

    SF 2258 Child Welfare/Human Trafficking/Department of Human Services Bill (formerly SSB 3114). This bill passed the full Senate with an amendment on Monday, February 29 by a unanimous vote. It was then sent to the House and referred to the House Human Resources Committee. The bill passed the full House Human Resources Committee with an amendment on Tuesday, March 8 by a unanimous vote. UPDATE: This bill passed the full House with an amendment on Tuesday, March 15 by a unanimous vote. It was sent back to the Senate for their approval of the amended bill.  The Senate concurred with the House amendment on March 22.

     

    SF 2144 Behavioral Health Information Disclosure (formerly SF 2032). This bill passed the full Senate on Monday, February 22 by a vote of 47 to 1. The bill was then sent to the House and referred to the House Human Resources Committee. It passed the full House Human Resources Committee on Thursday, March 3. UPDATE: This bill passed the full House on Tuesday, March 15 by a unanimous vote.

    Signed by the Governor

    HF 2146 Self-Dispensing Lottery Tickets (formerly HSB 540). This bill passed the full House on Tuesday, February 22 by a vote of 87 to 10. It was then sent over to the Senate and referred to the Senate State Government committee. The bill passed the full Senate State Government Committee on Wednesday, March 9 by a vote of 13 to 1.  UPDATE: It passed the full Senate on Tuesday, March 15 by a vote of 39 to 10. The bill was signed into law by the Governor on Wednesday, March 30.

     

    HF 2377 Rural Iowa Primary Care (formerly HF 2010). This bill passed the full House by a unanimous vote on Tuesday, March 1. It was then sent to the Senate and assigned to the Senate Education Committee. It passed the full Education Committee on Thursday, March 10 by a unanimous vote. It passed the full Senate on Wednesday, March 15 by a unanimous vote. UPDATE: It was signed into law by the Governor on March 30.

     

    HF 2387 Dental Board Exams (formerly HSB 532). This bill passed the full House Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, February 17 by unanimous vote. It passed the full House on Tuesday, March 1 by a vote of 97 to 1. It was then sent to the Senate and referred to the Senate Human Resources Committee. It passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, March 9 by a unanimous vote. UPDATE: This bill passed the full Senate on Wednesday, March 16 by a unanimous vote. It was signed into law by the Governor on Wednesday, March 20.

  • 16 Mar 2016 2:30 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)
    This week’s newsletter showcases snapshots from weeks 8 and 9 of the 2016 Legislative Session.

    In this issue:

    Second Funnel Week

    March 11 was the second funnel of the 2016 Legislative Session. This is the second of the two major deadlines during session. To continue to advance, bills must have reached a certain points otherwise they are considered dead in their current format. Please see the IDPH Legislative Update March 2, 2016 for additional details on funnel deadlines.

    For the week of March 14-18, the Senate can only consider House bills and bills on the Unfinished Business Calendar. The House can only consider Senate bills and bills on the Unfinished Business Calendar.

    IDPH Policy Bill

    HF 2389 Public Health Flexibility (formerly HSB 591). This is the department’s bill. It was passed without amendments by the full House Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, February 16. The bill passed the full House on Tuesday, March 8 by a unanimous vote and was substituted for SF 2159 that passed the full Senate on February 23 by a unanimous vote. The bill is now on its way to the Governor!

    Select Bills That Have Advanced

    The following bills have continued to advance. This list is prepared based on the information that was available at the time of this publication.

    Behavioral Health

    SF 166 Fantasy Sports. This bill was introduced in the 2015 Legislative Session and was reassigned to the House State Government Committee when it was not taken up by the full House Chamber. On March 2it was reassigned to a subcommittee. The subcommittee of Representatives Jake Highfill, Dennis Cohoon and Quentin Stanerson met on Tuesday, March 8. The bill passed out of subcommittee. It passed out of the full House State Government Committee by a vote of 15 to 7 on Wednesday, March 9. It was then referred to the House Ways and Means Committee due to the fines and fees included in the language. IDPH provided preliminary information in draft form (attached to this publication) from the department’s Gambling Attitudes and Behaviors: A 2015 Survey of Adult Iowans that relates to Fantasy Sports in Iowa. The results of the study are scheduled to be published in May.

    SF 2258 Child Welfare/Human Trafficking/Department of Human Services Bill (formerly SSB 3114). This bill passed the full Senate with an amendment on Monday, February 29 by a unanimous vote. It was then sent to the House and referred to the House Human Resources Committee. UPDATE: A subcommittee of Representatives Joel Fry, Dave Dawson and Stan Gustafson met on Tuesday, March 8. The bill passed subcommittee. The bill passed the full House Human Resources Committee with an amendment on Tuesday, March 8 by a unanimous vote.

    HF 2146 Self-Dispensing Lottery Tickets (formerly HSB 540). This bill passed the full House on Tuesday, February 22 by a vote of 87 to 10. It was then sent over to the Senate and referred to the Senate State Government committee. A subcommittee of Senators Matt McCoy, Tod Bowman and Jake Chapman met on Thursday, February 24. The bill passed subcommittee. UPDATE: The bill passed the full Senate State Government Committee on Wednesday, March 9 by a vote of 13 to 1. 

    HF 2366 Mental Health Advocate Duties (formerly HF 2040). This bill passed the full House with an amendment on Thursday, March 3 by a unanimous vote. It was then sent to the Senate and referred to the Senate Human Resources Committee. UPDATE: A subcommittee of Senators Pam Jochum, Amanda Ragan and Mark Segebart recommended passage and the bill passed out of Senate State Government on March 9.

    Chronic and Infectious Disease

    SF 2146 Alzheimer’s Awareness (formerly SSB 3066). This bill passed out of the Senate Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, February 9 by a vote of 9 to 3. This bill was then referred to the committee on Appropriations. A subcommittee of Senators Robert E. Dvorsky, Julian B. Garrett and Amanda Ragan has been assigned. UPDATE: Bills in the Appropriations standings committees are exempted from the funnel deadlines.

    SF 2136 Meningococcal Disease Immunizations (formerly SSB 3073). This bill passed the full Senate on Monday, February 22 by a vote of 45 to 4. It was then sent to the House and referred to the House Human Resources Committee. UPDATE: A subcommittee of Representatives Rob Taylor, Timi Brown-Powers and Tom Moore met on Wednesday, March 9. The bill passed subcommittee. The bill then passed the full House Human Resources Committee by a vote of 18 to 3 on March 9. 

    HF 2384 Medical Cannabidiol Act Modifications (formerly HSB 607). A subcommittee of Representatives Guy Vander Linden, John Forbes and Zach Nunn met on Wednesday, February 17. The bill passed subcommittee. The bill also passed the full House Commerce Committee on Wednesday, February 17 with amendments by a vote of 17 to 6. The new bill, HF 2384, was introduced and referred to the Ways and Means Committee. UPDATE: Bills in the Ways and Means standings committees are exempted from the funnel deadlines.

    Healthy Homes

    SF 2219 Carbon Monoxide Alarms (formerly SSB 3017). This bill passed the full Senate State Government Committee on Monday, February 15. The bill passed the full Senate on Monday, February 29 by a vote of 37 to 11. Its companion bill, HF 2310 (formerly HSB 539), passed the full House State Government Committee on Thursday, February 11, by a vote of 19 to 2. UPDATE: Both bills were placed on the calendar as unfinished business and are exempted from funnel deadlines.

    Professional Licensure

    HF 2334 Rx Authority for Psychologists (formerly HSB 503). This bill passed out of the full House Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, February 9 by a vote of 14 to 6.  UPDATE: Its companion bill, SF 2188 (formerly SF 2075), did not pass the full Senate after being amended by a vote of 24 to 25. However, a motion was filed to reconsider the vote on the bill. Both bills were placed on the calendar as unfinished business and are exempted from funnel deadlines.

    SF 2275 Natural Hair Braiding (formerly SF 2013). This bill passed out of the full Senate State Government Committee on Thursday, February 18 by a unanimous vote. This bill passed the full Senate by a unanimous vote on Monday, February 29. It was then sent to the House and referred to the House State Government Committee. UPDATE: A subcommittee of representatives Dawn Pettengill, Deborah Berry and Jake Highfill passed the bill. The bill passed the full House State Government Committee on Wednesday, March 9 by a vote of 18 to 3. A strike-after amendment replaced the bill’s language with a slightly amended version of HF 2094 that did not advance the first funnel. Click here to view the amendment.  

    SF 2102 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program/Board of Pharmacy Bill (formerly SSB 3003). This bill passed the full Senate on Monday, February 22 by a unanimous vote. It was then sent to the House and assigned to the House Human Resources Committee. UPDATE: A subcommittee of Representatives Tom Moore, Linda Miller and Cindy Winckler met on Thursday, March 3. The bill passed subcommittee. The bill passed the full Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, March 3 by a unanimous vote.

    HF 2387 Dental Board Exams (formerly HSB 532). This bill passed the full House Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, February 17 by unanimous vote. UPDATE: It passed the full House on Tuesday, March 1 by a vote of 97 to 1. It was then sent to the Senate and referred to the Senate Human Resources Committee. A subcommittee Senators Joe Bolkcom, Mark Costello and Liz Mathis passed the bill. It passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, March 9 by a unanimous vote.

    SF 2116 Controlled Substances Scheduling. This bill passed the full Senate on Monday, February 22 by a unanimous vote. It was then sent to the House and referred to the House Public Safety Committee. UPDATE: A subcommittee of Representatives Jarad Klein, Ako Abdul-Samad and Joel Fry passed the bill on Wednesday, March 9. The bill also passed the full House Public Safety Committee on Wednesday, March 9.

    Opioid Antagonist Bills – Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention

    HF 2380 Naloxone/Narcan Overdose Emergency Drug (formerly HF 2132). This bill was voted out of the full House Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, February 16 by a unanimous vote. UPDATE: Its companion bill, SF 2218 (formerly SF 2008) passed the Senate on Tuesday, March 8 by a unanimous vote with an amendment. It was then sent to the House and placed on the debate calendar with its companion, HF 2380. Both bills have been placed under unfinished business in the House and are eligible for consideration by the full House.

    SF 410 Drug Overdose Prevention. This bill passed out of the full House Human Resources Committee by a unanimous vote on Thursday, February 4 with an amendment. It may now be considered by the full House.

    Other bills of interest

    SF 2144 Behavioral Health Information Disclosure (formerly SF 2032). This bill passed the full Senate on Monday, February 22 by a vote of 47 to 1. The bill was then sent to the House and referred to the House Human Resources Committee. UPDATE: A subcommittee of Representatives Joel Fry, Marti Anderson and David Sieck met on Wednesday, March 2. The bill passed subcommittee with no amendments. It passed the full House Human Resources Committee on Thursday, March 3. It is now eligible for consideration by the full House.

    SF 2161 Children’s Mental Health and Well-being (formerly SSB 3109). This bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, February 10 by a unanimous vote. It was then referred to the Appropriations Committee. UPDATE: A subcommittee of Senators Robert Dvorsky, Amanda Ragan and Mark Segebart met on Wednesday, March 2. The bill passed subcommittee. The bill also passed the full Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, March 2 by a unanimous vote. It has been placed on the Senate Unfinished Business Calendar.

    SF 2113 Firework Provisions (formerly SF 508). This bill passed out of the full Senate State Government Committee with an amendment on Wednesday, February 3 by a vote of 9 to 5. UPDATE: The bill was referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee for review of the penalties and fees included in the language.

    HF 2243 Healthy Foods at Farmer’s Markets. This bill was referred to the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday, February 11. Appropriations bills are funnel-proof.

    SSB 3165 Local Food Inspections. This bill was introduced on February 16 and was referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. A subcommittee of Senators Bill Dotzler, Herman Quirmbach and Jason Shultz met on Thursday, March 3 and passed the bill out. It is now eligible for consideration by the full Ways and Means Committee. Bills in this committee are funnel-proof.

    SF 232 Tanning Facilities Regulation. This bill did not advance last session and was referred back to the House Human Resources Committee. It passed the House Human Resources this session on February 16 with an amendment to decrease the ban on tanning to age 17. It is now eligible for debate in the full House.

    Notable Bills That Did Not Survive the Second Funnel

    SF 2195 Dating Violence Instruction(formerly SF 2077)

    SF 2217 Mandatory Reporting for Human Trafficking (formerly SF 2095)

    SF 2198 Right to Try (formerly SSB 1264)

    SF 2213 Medicaid Program Improvement (formerly SF 2107)

    HF 2388 Dental Hygienist Scope of Practice (formerly HSB 550)

    SF 2190 Chemical Substance Abuse Monitoring (formerly SSB 3008)

    SF 2009 Preschool Expansion

    SF 2225 Reporting of Concussions or Brain Injuries (formerly SSB 3044)

    SF 2287 Emergency Response Districts(formerly SSB 3158)

    SF 2222 Self-administered Oral Hormonal Contraceptives (formerly SSB 3082)

    SF 2235 Children’s Centers Licensure (formerly SSB 3154)

    HF 2329 Ban on the Use of Fetal Body Parts (formerly HSB 621)

    SF 2269 Community Violence Task Force (formerly SF 2230)

    SF 2252 Employer Pregnancy Accommodations (formerly SF 313)

    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.
  • 12 Mar 2016 2:26 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    The Future of Nursing Summit to be held April 8th at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa now has an agenda and registration link. The event is FREE, but registration is required.

    Please visit our event page for details.

  • 05 Mar 2016 2:06 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    This week’s newsletter showcases snapshots from weeks 6 and 7 of the 2016 Legislative Session

    In this issue:

    First Funnel Week

    February 19 was the first funnel of the 2016 Legislative Session. The second funnel deadline is on March 11. The Session Timeline is a helpful resource to know when the funnel deadlines are and what bills are considered funnel-proof. The 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 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.

    NOTE: All bills that have passed out of one standing committee may now be taken up by the full chamber. 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.

    IDPH Policy Bill

    HSB 591 Public Health Flexibility. This is the department’s bill. It was passed with no amendments by the full House Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, February 16. It may now be considered by the full chamber. The new bill number is HF 2389. The companion bill, SF 2159, also survived the first funnel deadline. SF 2159 passed the Senate Chamber on February 23 by a vote of 49 to 0.

    Select List of Funnel Survivors

    The following bills have survived the first funnel deadline. This list is prepared based on the information that was available at the time of this publication.

    Behavioral Health

    SF 2258 Child Welfare/Sex Trafficking (formerly SSB 3114). This bill passed the full Senate with an amendment on Monday, February 29 by a unanimous vote. It was then sent to the House.

    SF 2195 Dating Violence Instruction (formerly SF 2077). This bill passed the full Senate on Wednesday, February 23 by a unanimous vote. It was then sent to the House and referred to the House Education Committee. A subcommittee of Representatives Sandy Salmon, Tedd Gassman and Mary Mascher has been assigned.

    SF 2217 Mandatory Reporting for Human Trafficking (formerly SF 2095). This bill passed the full Senate by a unanimous vote on Tuesday, February 23. It was then sent to the Senate and assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    HF 2146 Self-Dispensing Lottery Tickets (formerly HSB 540). This bill passed the full Senate on Tuesday, February 22 by a vote of 87 to 10. It was then sent over to the Senate and referred to the Senate State Government committee. A subcommittee of Senators Matt McCoy, Tod Bowman and Jake Chapman has been assigned.

    Chronic and Infectious Disease

    SF 2146 Alzheimer’s Awareness (formerly SSB 3066). This bill passed out of the Senate Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, February 9 by a vote of 9 to 3. UPDATE: This bill was then referred to the committee on Appropriations. A subcommittee of Senators Robert E. Dvorsky, Julian B. Garrett and Amanda Ragan has been assigned. 

    SF 2136 Meningococcal Disease Immunizations (formerly SSB 3073). This bill passed the full Senate on Monday, February 22 by a vote of 45 to 4. It was then sent to the House and referred to the House Human Resources Committee. A subcommittee of Representatives Rob Taylor, Timi Brown-Powers and Tom Moore has been assigned.

    HF 2384 Medical Cannabidiol Act Modifications (formerly HSB 607). A subcommittee of Representatives Guy Vander Linden, John Forbes and Zach Nunn met on Wednesday, February 17. The bill passed subcommittee. The bill also passed the full House Commerce Committee on Wednesday, February 17 with amendments by a vote of 17 to 6. The new bill, HF 2384, was introduced and referred to the Ways and Means Committee.

    SF 2198 Right to Try (formerly SSB 1264). This bill passed the full Senate on Tuesday, February 23 unanimously. It was then sent to the House and referred to the Human Resources Committee.

    Healthy Homes

    SF 2219 Carbon Monoxide Alarms (formerly SSB 3017). This bill passed the full Senate State Government Committee on Monday, February 15. The bill passed the full Senate on Monday, February 29 by a vote of 37 to 11. Its companion bill, HF 2310 (formerly HSB 539), passed the full House State Government Committee on Thursday, February 11, by a vote of 19 to 2. An amendment was filed on Thursday, February 25. It may now be considered by the full House.

    Medicaid Modernization

    SF 2213 Medicaid Program Improvement (formerly SF 2107). This bill passed out of the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Monday, February 15 by a unanimous vote.  It may now be considered by the full Senate. Its companion bill, HF 2199 did not advance the funnel deadline.

    Professional Licensure

    HF 2334 Rx Authority for Psychologists (formerly HSB 503). This bill passed out of the full House Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, February 9 by a vote of 14 to 6.  It may now be considered by the full House.

    SF 2275 Natural Hair Braiding (formerly SF 2013). This bill passed out of the full Senate State Government Committee on Thursday, February 18 by a unanimous vote. This bill passed the full Senate by a unanimous vote on Monday, February 29. It was then sent to the House.

    HSB 550 Dental Hygienist Scope of Practice. This bill passed the full House State Government Committee by a unanimous vote on Tuesday, February 16. The new bill number is HF 2388. It may now be considered by the full House.

    SF 2102 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program/Board of Pharmacy Bill (formerly SSB 3003). This bill passed the full Senate on Monday, February 22 by a unanimous vote. It was then sent to the House and assigned to the House Human Resources Committee. A subcommittee of Representatives Tom Moore, Linda Miller and Cindy Winckler has been assigned.

    HF 2387 Dental Board Exams (formerly HSB 532). This bill passed the full House Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, February 17 by unanimous vote. It may now be considered by the full House.

    SF 2116 Controlled Substances Scheduling. This bill passed the full Senate on Monday, February 22 by a unanimous vote. It was then sent to the House and referred to the House Public Safety Committee.

    Substance Use Prevention and Treatment

    HF 2380 Naloxone/Narcan Overdose Emergency Drug (formerly HF 2132). This bill was voted out of the full House Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, February 16 by a unanimous vote. It may now be considered by the full House. Its companion bill, SF 2218 (formerly SF 2008), had an amendment filed on Wednesday, February 23, 2016.

    SF 2190 Chemical Substance Abuse Monitoring (formerly SSB 3008). This bill passed out of the full Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, February 11 by a vote of 10 to 2. It may now be considered by the full Senate.

    SF 410 Drug Overdose Prevention. This bill passed out of the full House Human Resources Committee by a unanimous vote on Thursday, February 4 with an amendment. It may now be considered by the full House.

    Other bills of interest

    SF 2009 Preschool Expansion. This bill passed the full Senate on Monday, February 2. It was sent to the House and referred to the House Education Committee. A subcommittee of Representatives Jake Highfill, Greg Forristall and Patti Ruff was assigned.

    SF 2225 Reporting of Concussions or Brain Injuries (formerly SSB 3044). This bill passed the full Senate Education Committee on Monday, February 15 by a vote of 8 to 6. It may now be considered by the full Senate.

    SF 2144 Behavioral Health Information Disclosure (formerly SF 2032). This bill passed the full Senate on Monday, February 22 by a vote of 47 to 1. The bill was then sent to the House and referred to the House Human Resources Committee. A subcommittee of Representatives Joel Fry, Marti Anderson and David Sieck was assigned.

    SF 2161 Children’s Mental Health and Well-being (formerly SSB 3109). This bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, February 10 by a unanimous vote. It was then referred to the Appropriations Committee. A subcommittee of Senators Robert Dvorsky, Amanda Ragan and Mark Segebart was assigned. A subcommittee meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 2.

    SF 2113 Firework Provisions (formerly SF 508). This bill passed out of the full Senate State Government Committee on Wednesday, February 3 by a vote of 9 to 5. It may now be considered by the full Senate.

    HF 2243 Healthy Foods at Farmer’s Markets. This bill was referred to the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday, February 11. Appropriations bills are funnel-proof.

    SF 2287 Emergency Response Districts (formerly SSB 3158). A subcommittee of Senators Jeff Danielson, Jake Chapman and Robert Dvorsky met on Wednesday, February 17. The bill passed subcommittee. The bill then passed the full Senate State Government Committee by a unanimous vote on Thursday, February 18. The bill may now be considered by the full Senate.

    SSB 3165 Local Food Inspections. A subcommittee of Senators Dotzler, Quirmbach, Shultz will meet on Thursday, March 3.

    SF 2222 Self-administered Oral Hormonal Contraceptives (formerly SSB 3082). This bill passed the full Senate on Monday, February 29 by a vote of 26 to 22. It was then sent to the House.

    SF 2235 Children’s Centers Licensure (formerly SSB 3154). This bill passed the full Education Committee on Thursday, February 17. It may now be considered by the full Senate.

    SF 232 Tanning Facilities Regulation. This bill did not advance last session and was referred back to the House Human Resources Committee. It passed the House Human Resources this session on February 16 with an amendment to decrease the ban on tanning to age 17. It is now eligible for debate in the full House.

    Notable Bills that Did Not Become Funnel-Proof

    SF 2004 Electronic Device Ban While Driving.

    SF 2016 Tobacco Age Limit.

    SF 2025 Marijuana Reclassification.

    SF 2057 Iowa CMV Bill.

    SSB 3152 ARNP Interstate Compact.

    HF 2095 Casino Loophole Bill.

    HSB 556/SSB 3112 Dementia-related Training.

    HSB 564 AARP Family Caregivers Bill.

    HF 2205/SF2130Safe Routes to School.

    HF 2230 Suicide Prevention.

    HF 584 Radon Testing.

  • 22 Feb 2016 5:23 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)


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  • 17 Feb 2016 5:06 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)
    This week’s newsletter showcases snapshots from weeks 4 through 6 of the 2016 Legislative Session.

    In this issue:

    • Public Health Flexibility Bill
    • Bills on the Move
    • IDPH Work Force Center Programs Presentation
    • IDPH One-Pagers Distributed (attached)

    Public Health Flexibility Bill Update

    SSB 3072 A subcommittee of Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm, Mark Segebart and Rich Taylor met on Tuesday, February 9. The bill passed the subcommittee. The bill also passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee unanimously on Wednesday, February 10. The new bill number is SF 2159.

    The companion house bill, HSB 591, passed its subcommittee on Thursday, February 11. The subcommittee members were Representatives Greg Forristall, Brian Best and Lisa Heddens. It passed out of the House Human Resources Committee on Monday, February 15.

    Each bill may now be considered by its respective full chamber.

    Bills on the Move

    Chronic and Infectious Diseases

    SSB 1264 Terminal Illness Experimental Treatments. A subcommittee of Senators Jeff Danielson, Rick Bertrand and Matt McCoy met on Tuesday, February 10. The bill passed out of subcommittee with amendments. The bill passed the full Senate State Government Committee on Monday, February 15 with amendments.

    SSB 3066 Alzheimer’s Awareness. This bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee with amendments on Monday, February 8. The new bill number is SF 2146

    SSB 3112 Dementia Training. A subcommittee of Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm, Mark Segebart and  Pam Jochum met on Monday, February 15. The bill did not advance.

    The companion bill, HSB 566, was discussed by a subcommittee of Representatives David Heaton, Dave Dawson and Tom Moore on Monday, February 15. The bill passed subcommittee and may now be considered by the full House Human Resources Committee.

    SSB 3073 Meningococcal Immunization. A subcommittee of Senators Rich Taylor, Chaz Allen and Mark Chelgren met on Thursday, February 4. IDPH provided information on meningococcal vaccination rates in Iowa. The bill passed subcommittee. This bill also passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Monday, February 8. The new bill number is SF 2136.

    The house companion bill, HSB 565, passed subcommittee on Thursday, February 11. The subcommittee was comprised of Representatives Rob Taylor, Tom Moore and Ruth Ann Gaines. The bill passed out of the full House Human Resources Committee on Monday, February 15.

    Healthy Homes

    HSB 539 Carbon Monoxide Alarms. A subcommittee of Representatives Linda Miller, Lee Hein and Daniel Kelley met on Wednesday, February 10. The bill passed out of the subcommittee. The bill passed the full House State Government Committee on Thursday, February 11.

    A subcommittee of Senators Jeff Danielson, Rick Bertrand and Wally Horn met on Wednesday, February 10 to discuss the companion bill, SSB 3017. The bill passed in the subcommittee. IDPH provided information on carbon monoxide impact in Iowa. The bill then passed the full Senate State Government Committee on Monday, February 15 with amendments.

    Medicaid Modernization

    SSB 3081 Managed Care Organization (MCO) Contract Termination. A subcommittee of Senators met on Monday, February 8. The bill passed out of subcommittee. The bill then passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Monday, February 8. The new bill number is SF 2125. On Thursday, February 11, the bill passed the full Senate Chamber by a vote of 29 to 19. It was referred to the House Human Resources Committee.

    SSB 3113 Medical Assistance Council Membership. A subcommittee of Senators Amanda Ragan, Mary Jo Wilhelm and Mark Costelllo met on Wednesday, February 10. The bill passed out of subcommittee. The bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Monday, February 15.

    SF 2107 MCO Oversight. A subcommittee of Senators Ragan, Bolkcom, Johnson, Mathis and Segebart met on Thursday, February 4 and Thursday, February 11. The bill passed subcommittee. The bill then passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee with amendments.

    Professional Licensure

    HSB 503 Prescription Authority for Psychologists. This bill passed the full House Human Resources Committee as amended on Tuesday, February 9.

    HSB 590 Board of Physician Assistants Resolution. A subcommittee of Representatives Linda Miller, Greg Forristall and Cindy Winckler met on Monday, February 15. The bill did not advance due to the emergency administrative rules that were filed by the Board of Physician Assistants to terminate the rules referenced by the proposed bill. When emergency rules are filed, they become effective immediately.

    HF 2094 Natural Hair Braiding Licensure Exemption. A subcommittee of Representatives Dawn Pettengill, Deborah Berry and Kevin Koester met on Wednesday, February 10. The bill passed out of subcommittee with possible amendments. The bill may now be taken up by the full House State Government Committee.

    HF 2105 Elimination of Board of Physician Assistants. A subcommittee of Representatives Linda Miller, Greg Forristall, and Cindy Winckler met on Monday, February 8. The subcommittee will take information provided by stakeholders into consideration before making a decision. The bill has not been placed on the agenda for the House Human Resources Committee as of this writing.

    SSB 1212 Music Therapy Advisory Council. A subcommittee of Senators Jeff Danielson, Jason Schultz and Wally Horn met on Monday, February 15. The bill will not advance this year.

    SSB 3003 Board of Pharmacy Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. This bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, February 3. The new bill number is SF 2102.

    SSB 3004 Board of Pharmacy Controlled Substance Schedules. This bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, February 3. The new bill number is SF 2116.

    SF 453 Board of Pharmacy Omnibus Bill. This bill passed the full House Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, February 9.

    SSB 3108 Clinical Art Therapist Licensure. A subcommittee of Senators William Dotzler Jr., Mark Chelgren and Rich Taylor met on Tuesday, February 9. The subcommittee members wanted more information before making a decision. The bill will not advance this year.

    SF 2013 African-style Hair Exemption.  A subcommittee of Senators Jeff Danielson, Jake Chapman and Janet Petersen met on Wednesday, February 10. The bill passed out of subcommittee with amendments. The bill may now be considered by the full Senate State Government Committee.

    Substance Use Prevention and Treatment

    HF 2132 Narcan Overdose Response. A subcommittee of Representatives Jared Klein, Joel Fry, and Ako Abdul-Samad met on Thursday, February 11. The bill was placed on the agenda for the full House Public Safety Committee for Tuesday, February 16.

    A subcommittee of Senators Joe Bolkcom, Amanda Ragan, and David Johnson also met on Thursday, February 11 to discuss the companion Senate bill,  SF 2008. The bill passed the Senate subcommittee with amendments. IDPH provided information on drug overdose impact. The bill then passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Monday, February 15.

    SF 410 Drug Overdose Prevention. A subcommittee of Representatives  Jarad Klein, Ako Abdul-Samad and Joel Fry met on February 3. The bill passed subcommittee with no amendments. The bill also passed the House Public Safety Committee on Thursday, February 4 with amendments.

    Tobacco Use Prevention and Control

    HF 2095 Smoke Free Air Act Casino Exemption. A subcommittee of Representatives Jake Highfill, Mary Mascher, and Guy Vander Linden met on Tuesday, February 9. The bill will not advance this year. IDPH provided information on secondhand smoke to the subcommittee.

    Vital Records

    HF 2140 Fetal Death Certificates. A subcommittee of Representatives Joel Fry, Sandy Salmon, and Beth Wessel-Kroeschell met on Tuesday, February 9. The subcommittee did not come to a decision and will take the information provided into consideration. The bill has not been placed on the agenda for the House Human Resources Committee as of this writing.

    Other bills of interest

    SSB 3109 Children’s Mental Health and Well Being. A subcommittee of Senators Liz Mathis, Amanda Ragan and Mark Segebart met on Tuesday, February 10. The bill passed out of subcommittee without amendments. This bill then passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee unanimously on Wednesday, February 10. The new bill number is SF 2161.

    SSB 3036 Oral Contraceptive Prescriptions. This bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, February 10. The new bill number is SF 2160.

    SF 232 Underage Tanning. A subcommittee of Senators met on Tuesday, February 9. The bill passed subcommittee with an amendment to change the language from applying to those under 18 years of age to under 17 years of age. This bill will move instead of HF 420

    SF 508 Firework  Provisions. This bill passed the full Senate State Government Committee on Wednesday, February 3 with amendments. IDPH provided an informational sheet on firework injuries in Iowa. The new bill number is SF 2113.

    SF 2032 Disclosure of Mental Health Records for Patient Care Coordination. The bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee with amendments on Monday, February 9.

    SF 2057 Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Universal Screening. A subcommittee of Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm, Chaz Allen and Mark Chelgren met on Wednesday, February 3. The Senators will take information received during the meeting under consideration before making a final decision. This bill has not been added to a Senate Human Resources Committee meeting as of this writing.

    IDPH Work Force Center Programs Presentation

    On Thursday, February 11, Director of IDPH, Gerd Clabaugh and Bob Russell Bureau Chief of the Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems, presented to the Health and Human Services Appropriations Joint Subcommittee on IDPH workforce recruitment and retention programs. They provided preliminary findings from an evaluation commissioned by the department and conducted by the University of Iowa’s Center for Health Policy and Research of these programs. They also handed out a summary of department program descriptions and current appropriations (click here for PDF handout).

    Click here for PDF of one-pager informational handouts from IDPH.

  • 05 Feb 2016 12:56 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    This week’s newsletter showcases snapshots from the first three weeks of session. 

    In this issue:

    IDPH Legislative Budget Package Overview

    The IDPH legislative budget package for FY 2017 is focused on supporting strategic reallocations in the existing general fund budget for the department. Reallocations were considered based on historic reversions back to the general fund and additional needs identified in other department program areas. By reallocating funds, IDPH will be able to reduce reversions back to the general fund and, instead, use the funding for programming within the department that is required by the Iowa Code but is unfunded or underfunded.

    Reallocated to:

    • Increase of $74,059 to the PRIMECARRE Program to close the gap between the number of applicants and existing funding.
    • Increase of $60,000 for the Certificate of Need (CON) Program to support the administration of this program.
    • New allocation of $47,000 to the Child Vision Screening Program to create a sustainable funding source for ongoing costs.
    • New allocation of $74,389 for the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health (OMMH) to compensate for reduced federal funding.
    • New allocation of $150,000 to fund the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) service charges (utility billings) to fully execute the requirements of Executive Order 20 and the directives of the 2010 Government Reorganization and Efficiencies Act.

    Reallocated from:

    • $275,000 from the Gambling Treatment and Prevention Program without decreasing the clients receiving problem gambling treatment and without decreasing provider rates.
    • $25,000 from the Cervical and Colorectal Cancer Screening Program due to feedback from the subcontractors regarding difficulty spending funds.
    • $105,448 from the Mental Health Workforce Stipend Program due to historical reversions. A portion of the funding will be used for the PRIMECARRE Program.  Specified mental health professions are eligible for this funding.

    Additionally, $500,000 is being requested from the Technology Reinvestment Fund for the second year of requested funding for the Maternal and Child Health database integration project.  Project goals include:

    • Integrate 5 program data collection systems across 8 programs in the Bureaus of Family Health and Oral and Health Delivery Systems.
    • 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.

    *See the IDPH FY 17 Budget Memo for more information.

    Public Health Flexibility Bill

    This bill will consist of two parts that both attempt to encourage collaboration amongst public health stakeholders and to increase flexibility in local decision making as it relates to public health.  Many factors will impact the delivery of public health services now and in the future. The Affordable Care Act, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), workforce turnover in administrator positions in local agencies, an aging public health workforce, a trend toward voluntary national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), decreases in federal funding, and the opportunities that the State Innovation Model (SIM) grant will bring in the next few years are just a few examples. Adjustments in Iowa Code will provide greater opportunities for local public health agencies to respond to new challenges and opportunities, and organize in ways that better meet their needs, as well as realign accreditation efforts around national standards. For more information please read “Public Health Challenges” included in the IDPH Policy Package information attached to this publication.

    The bill has been introduced in the Senate as SSB 3072. The subcommittee members assigned to the bill are Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm, Rich Taylor and Mark Segebart. A meeting of the subcommittee has not been scheduled as of this writing.

    Division I: Division I has three goals, 1) to remove code language that has become outdated, 2) to merge the work  of  two councils that were established under the code chapter, and 3) to retain the Fund that is being used to support quality improvement efforts in local public health agencies across the state.

    Division II: The goal of Division II is to reduce barriers in law which restrict local organizing strategies  in Iowa Code Section 137 District Boards of Health and to increase flexibility for local decision making.

    *See the additional materials, titled “IDPH Policy Package” for more information.

    Subcommittees Attended

    HSB 503 Prescription Authority for Psychologists. A subcommittee of Representatives Linda Miller, Joel Fry and Timi Brown-Powers met on Wednesday, January 27. The subcommittee members will continue to consider the information provided at the meeting. It has not been discussed by the full Human Resources Committee as of this writing. 

    HSB 511 Certificate of Need. A subcommittee of Representatives Ako Abdul-Samad, Linda Miller and Joel Fry met Monday, January 25.  The subcommittee members will continue to consider the information provided at the meeting. It has not been discussed by the full House Human Resources Committee as of this writing. 

    HF 420 Regulation of Tanning Facilities. A subcommittee of Representatives Greg Forristall, Timi Brown-Powers and Joel Fry met on Thursday, January 28. The bill passed out of subcommittee without amendments. It may now be considered by the full House Human Resources Committee. 

    HF 2025 Out-of-State Medical Examiner Fees. A subcommittee of Representatives Rob  Bacon, Lisa Heddens and Tom Moore met on Wednesday and Thursday, January 20 and 21. The bill was passed out of subcommittee with an amendment. It will now be considered by the full House Human Resources Committee.

    HF 2041 Supervision of Physician Assistants. A subcommittee of Representatives Linda Miller, Rob Taylor and Cindy Winckler met on Wednesday, January 27. The subcommittee members will continue to consider the information provided at the meeting. It has not been discussed by the full House Human Resources Committee as of this writing.    

    SF 508 Fireworks Protocol. The bill was first introduced in the 2015 legislative session and is being revisited. A subcommittee of Senators Jeff Danielson, Rick Bertrand, Jake Chapman, Wally Horn and Brian Schoenjahn met on Wednesday, January 27. The bill passed out of the Senate State Government Committee with amendments on February 3. The bill may now be considered by the full Senate Chamber. 

    SF 2032 Disclosure of Mental Health Information. A subcommittee of Senators met on Thursday, January 28. The bill passed out of subcommittee with possible amendments to include references to federal law governing specially protected health information. The bill may now be taken up by the full Senate Human Resources Committee.    

    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.

    For more information, please contact Deborah Thompson, Policy Advisor for IDPH, at 515-240-0530 or Deborah.Thompson@IDPH.Iowa.gov

  • 03 Feb 2016 8:21 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

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