News and Policy Updates

  • 07 Apr 2014 10:13 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    In this issue:

    ·       Bills and issue still moving through the process.

    ·       Bills signed or under consideration by the Governor.

    ·       Health and Human Services (HHS) appropriations bill released.

     

    Bill Highlights

    • ·        IDPH Legislative Package:
    • o   SF 2196 Department Omnibus Bill. This bill was passed by the Senate Chamber on February 25 by a vote of 50-0. It was passed by the House Chamber on April 1 by a vote of 99-0. Amendment S-5117 incorporates three amendments that were adopted by the House. Changes include:
    • §  Adjustment of sunset dates for specific workforce-related programs and accounts in Iowa Code.
    • §  Addition of the department’s Iowa Health Information Network legislation, HF 2187, with one change to prohibit the development of an all-payer claims database.
    • §  Addition of SF 379 as amended by the House State Government Committee. It is the Board of Medicine’s technical bill that clarifies conflicting code language relating to hearing panels.

     

    • ·        Anti-Bullying:
    • o   SF 2318 Senate Anti-Bullying Bill. This bill has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee. Update: A subcommittee of Representatives Cecil Dolecheck, Walt Rogers, and Daniel Lundby held a meeting on Tuesday, April 1. The members indicated plans to pass the bill out of subcommittee and introduce an amendment that will make changes to the Senate language. 

     

    • ·        E-Cigarettes:
    • o   HF 2109 Vapor Products/Alternative Nicotine Products. This bill passed the House Chamber on February 11 by a vote of 76-22. Update: It passed the Senate Human Resources Committeeand was amended by S-5061 on March 13. The bill has been placed on the Senate’s Unfinished Business Calendar and is eligible for debate. As of this writing amendment S-5088 by Senator Bill Dotzler has been filed.
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    • ·        Emergency Medical Services (EMS):
    • o   HF 2459 (formerly HF 2076) EMS Tax Credit Increase. Update: This bill passed the House Ways & Means Committeeon March 25 by a unanimous vote. It was amended to lower the proposed tax credit from $500 to $100. This is a $50 increase compared to the current tax credit of $50. To view a revised Fiscal Note published by the Legislative Services Agency click here. The amendment also adds full-time paid firefighters who also volunteer as firefighters. This is currently true for EMS providers, as well. Reserve peace officers are also included in the amendment as eligible for this tax credit. The bill passed the House Chamber on April 1 by a vote of 99-1 and is now in the Senate Ways & Means Committee.

     

    • ·        Radon:
    • o   SF 2262 Testing/Mitigation in Public Schools. This bill passed the Senate Education Committee without an amendment. Update: This bill passed the Senate on March 4 by a vote of 35-14. However, it died in the House Education Committee. Instead, the House decided to move SF 366 that had already advanced to the House Local Government Committee last session. SF 366 was amended on the House floor (March 18) with a strike-after amendment (S-5084) that became the new bill language. It passed the House by a vote of 99-1. It is now in the Senate for their consideration of the amendment and it is eligible for floor debate.

     

    Sent to the Governor

    • ·        HF 2274 Agency Fees Internet Site. This bill passed the House Chamber on February 25 by a vote of 98-0. To view the published Fiscal Note, please click here. Update: This bill passed the Senate Chamber on March 27 by a vote of 46-0. It will now be sent to Governor Branstad for his consideration.

     

    Signed by the Governor

    • ·        HF 2370 Supervision of Orthotist or Prosthetists Assistants. This bill passed the House Chamber on March 4 by a vote of 98-0 and the Senate Chamber of March 18 by a vote of 45-0. It was signed into law by Governor Branstad on March 26.
    • ·        HF 2378 Psychology Post-Doctorate Provisional License. IDPH estimates a one-time cost of approximately $7,900 to implement this legislation should it become law. Funding is currently provided for in HF 2463, the HHS Appropriations Bill. This bill passed the House Chamber on March 5 by a vote of 99-0 and the Senate Chamber of March 18 by a vote of 45-0. It was signed into law by Governor Branstad on March 26. 
    • ·        SF 2080 Prescription Monitoring Programs Information Exchange. Board of Pharmacy bill. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 24 by a vote of 49-0. It passed the House Chamber on March 18 by a vote of 100-0. It was signed into law by Governor Branstad on April 3. 
    • ·        SF 2121 Controlled Substances Designations. Board of Pharmacy bill. This bill was passed by the Senate Chamber on February 24 by a vote of 49-0. It passed the House Chamber on March 18 by a vote of 99-0. It was signed into law by Governor Branstad on April 3. 
    • ·        SF 2120 ARNP, Use of Title. Board of Nursing bill. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 24 by a vote of 49-0. It passed the House Chamber on March 18 by a vote of 100-0. It was signed into law by Governor Branstad on March 26.

     

    Health and Human Services Budget Released

    HF 2463 (formerly HSB 685) was introduced on Wednesday, April 2 and moved quickly through the subcommittee and committee process. It is now eligible for debate in the House Chamber. To view the analysis by the Legislative Services Agency, please click here. This document will be updated soon to reflect the amendment adopted in the House Appropriations Committee.

     

    Unless otherwise specified, appropriations and allocations are status quo compared to FY 2014. Changes proposed for FY 2015 are as follows:

    • ·        $75,000 decrease for tobacco use prevention and control programming due to one-time funding for a social media marketing plan and tobacco education materials. This was included in the Governor’s FY 2015 recommendations.
    • ·        $43,043 increase for the Iowa Donated Dental Services Program that is operated by the Dental Lifeline Network (total allocation of $74,640).
    • ·        $25,000 decrease for the audiological services program (total allocation of $137,768). This reduction was included in the Governor’s FY 2015 recommendations.
    • ·        $40,000 decrease for the Medical Home System Advisory Council (now referred to as the Patient Centered Care Advisory Council)(total allocation of $175,263). This was included in the Governor’s FY 2015 recommendations.
    • ·        $7,900 increase to implement HF 2378 Psychologist Licensing Requirements that was signed into law by Governor Branstad on March 26.
    • ·        $293.00 increase for the Delta Dental of Iowa’s Fulfilling Iowa’s Need for Dentists (FIND) Program (total allocation of $50,000) Restores the general reduction from FY 2013.
    • ·        $378,474 decrease to eliminate the Iowa Collaborative Safety Net Provider Network’s allocation for grants for specialty health care initiatives. This funding was recommended by the Governor for FY 2015 for this program. 
    • ·        $1.0 million increase for the IDPH medical residency matching grants program (total allocation of $3.0 million). Additional language requires preference to be given to new residency programs, and existing residency programs that intend to expand their psychiatric and family practice positions. This program is a priority for Governor Branstad as part of his efforts to expand access to health services for all Iowans.
    • ·        $100,000 for a new allocation to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics to implement a collaborative care model between psychiatric and primary care practices that will improve mental health care in Iowa. The House Appropriations Committee’s amendment added a reporting requirement due December 15, 2014.
    • ·        $50,000 for a new allocation to IDPH to be used for community water fluoridation education.
    • ·        $75,000 increase for an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) benchmarks, indicators, and scoring (BIS) trauma assessment to be conducted by the American College of Surgeons.
    • ·        $65,000 increase for ongoing costs associated with the development of a new EMS and trauma data collection system. A one-time appropriation of $150,000 is included in SF 2349, the Infrastructure Appropriations Budget.

     

    Policy language included in HF 2463:

    • ·        Directs the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry to create a proposal for a Geriatric Dentistry Residency Program. The proposal is required to be submitted by December 15, 2014.
    • ·        Removes permission for the Iowa Collaborative Safety Net Provider Network to distribute funds allocation for their various grant projects through existing contracts or contract renewals.
    • ·        Directs IDPH to include physical therapists as approved professionals eligible for the Primary Care Recruitment and Retention Endeavor (PRIMECARRE) Program. This program received status quo funding of $127,926 and draws down the same amount of federal funding. Other professions that are eligible include primary care physicians, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, dentists, dental hygienists, physician assistants, advanced registered nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, clinical social workers (LISW), and psychiatric nurse specialists. Approximately 6-8 awards are made annually.
    • ·        Directs the Department of Human Services (DHS) to implement a new health services initiative under the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to provide funding for the State Poison Control Center. Permits the Center to transfer as much funding as needed for the purpose of receiving matching federal funds.
    • ·        Directs DHS to expand on the study regarding a hospital bed tracking system for psychiatric and substance-related placements.
    • ·        Requires the DHS, IDPH, and the Department of Corrections (DPC), to implement an interagency collaborative effort to provide an integrated approach to address the medical and psychosocial needs of individuals released from correctional facilities.
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    Other Information

    The Legislative Update is also posted on the IDPH website at http://www.idph.state.ia.us/adper/legislative_updates.asp.

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  • 07 Apr 2014 7:45 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)
    • SF 2120 was signed by Governor Branstad on March 26th and becomes effective on July 1, 2014. HF 2120 is the bill proposed by the Iowa Board of Nursing to allow advanced registered nurse practitioners to use the abbreviation "ARNP"  as an abbreviation for the profession and to use it on name badges, etc.  There is an Iowa code section where medical professionals are given the legal right to use appropriate abbreviations.  ARNP had been inadvertently left out of this code section.
       
      http://coolice.legis.iowa.gov/Cool-ICE/default.asp?Category=billinfo&Service=Billbook&menu=false&hbill=SF2120


    • SF 2257 was signed by Governor Branstad on April 3rd and becomes law on July1, 2014. SF 2257 makes a number of changes to the rural Iowa  primary care loan repayment program. Under the bill, the  program agreement must be entered into by an eligible student during the student’s final year of study, rather than when the  student begins the curriculum. The current requirement of 60 consecutive months of service is changed to five consecutive  years of service and a corresponding change is made relating  to the total amount of loan repayment during the period of  service. Currently, the 20 agreements that may be entered into  annually are divided between the two eligible universities  unless there are fewer than eligible applicants from a  university. The bill modifies this provision to provide that if there are fewer applicants at one eligible university, eligible applicants enrolled in other universities may be awarded the remaining agreements. However, the eligible  institutions are still limited under the bill to the university of Iowa and Des Moines university.
      Similar changes are made to the rural Iowa advanced  registered nurse practitioner and physician assistant loan repayment program, except that the institutional eligibility  is expanded to include regents universities and accredited  private postsecondary institutions, rather than just the University of Iowa and Des Moines university; the provision  requiring a student to receive a doctorate of nursing practice  degree or a masters of physician assistant studies degree is  modified to require that the student receive a graduate-level  credential qualifying the recipient for a license to practice  as an advanced registered nurse practitioner or a physician assistant; and the provision limiting to 15 the number of  agreements which may be entered into annually is amended to provide an exception if surplus funds are available.
       
      http://coolice.legis.iowa.gov/Cool-ICE/default.asp?Category=billinfo&Service=Billbook&menu=false&ga=85&hbill=SF2257

  • 25 Mar 2014 10:59 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    In this issue:

    ·        Second Funnel Survivors

    ·        Bills One Their Way to the Governor’s Desk

     

    The Tenth Week

    This legislative update provides a recap of select legislative bills that IDPH is monitoring that survived the second funnel deadline. A list of notable bills that died in funnel is also provided.

     

    What is the Second Funnel Deadline?

    The second funnel deadline was Friday, March 14. Bills that die in the second funnel have passed at least one standing committee in either the Senate or House chambers. However, they have failed to pass out of one chamber and out of one of the second chamber’s committees. The Session Timeline is a helpful resource to understand how bills are considered funnel-proof or how they have “survived” first and second funnel.

     

    You may notice references to Unfinished Business Calendars in this update. Bills on these lists have reached a certain point in the process and it is the intent of the chamber to debate them to keep them moving.

     

    Bills that Survived Funnel

    • ·        IDPH Legislative Package:
    • o   SF 2083 Board of Dietetics Bill. Governor Branstad signed this bill into law on March 14, 2014. A special thanks to Sharon Dozier in the IDPH Bureau of Professional Licensure for her help with this legislation and to our partners at the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition for their assistance along the way, too. 
    • o   SF 2196 Department Omnibus Bill. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 25 by a vote of 50-0 and was referred to the House Human Resources Committee. The subcommittee of Representatives Mark Costello (chair), Greg Forristall, and Beth Wessel-Kroeschell recommended passage of the bill to the full committee on Wednesday, March 5, and it passed unanimously. It is eligible for debate on the House Chamber floor.

     

    • ·        Anti-Bullying and Youth Suicide Prevention Bills:
    • o   HF 2409 Governor’s Anti-Bullying Bill. This bill is eligible for debate on the House Chamber floor. The Legislative Services Agency published a Fiscal Note on the bill on March 4. To view it click here. Update: It has been placed on the House Unfinished Business Calendar.
    • o   SF 2318 Senate Anti-Bullying Bill. Update: This bill passed the Senate Chamber on March 18 by a vote of 26-19. Two amendments were adopted, S-5060 and S-5073. It has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee.
    • o   SF 2261 Center for Youth Suicide Prevention. Formerly SF 2173. This bill passed the Senate Education Committee on February 26 and was then referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee. There was expressed interest by at least one Senator on the subcommittee to draft an amendment that would move the Center from the Department of Education to IDPH. The department has received a Garrett Lee Smith State Youth Suicide Prevention Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The name of IDPH’s project is Youth and Young Adult Suicide Prevention Program (Y-YASP).  Y-YASP is a $1.32 million, three-year project. 
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    • ·        All Executive Branch Agencies:
    • o   HF 2274 Agency Fees Internet Site. This bill passed the House Chamber on February 25 by a vote of 98-0. To view the published Fiscal Note, please click here. Update: It passed the Senate State Government Committeeon March 6 and has been placed on the Senate Unfinished Business Calendar.
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    • ·        E-Cigarettes:
    • o   HF 2109 Vapor Products/Alternative Nicotine Products. This bill passed the House Chamber on February 11 by a vote of 76-22. Update: It passed the Senate Human Resources Committeeon March 13. One committee amendment was adopted, S-5061. It is a strike-after amendment replaces the entirety of the current bill’s language. The bill has been placed on the Senate’s Unfinished Business Calendar.
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    • ·        Emergency Medical Services (EMS):
    • o   HF 2076 EMS Tax Credit Increase. This bill is in the House Ways & Means Committee. A subcommittee of Representatives Quentin Stanerson (chair), Brian Moore, and Roger Thomas held a meeting on Thursday, February 27. The current version of the bill increases the tax credit from $50 to $500. The subcommittee members will recommend passage to the full committee and expressed interest in drafting an amendment to increase the tax credit from $50 to $100 instead of the proposed $500. To view the published Fiscal Note for the $500 tax credit please click here.
    • o   SF 2071 EMS Tax Credit Increase. This bill increases the EMS tax credit from $50 to $100. To view the published Fiscal Note please click here. This bill is in the Senate Ways & Means Committee.

     

    • ·        Health Reform:
    • o   SF 2238 Health Enterprise Zones. This bill was introduced on February 19 and was referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee. Update: This bill has been assigned to a subcommittee of Senators Bill Dotzler, Rick Bertrand, and Matt McCoy. A meeting has not been scheduled as of this writing.
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    • ·        Radon:
    • o   SF 2262 Testing/Mitigation in Public Schools. This bill passed the Senate Education Committee without an amendment. Update: This bill passed the Senate on March 4 by a vote of 35-14. However, it died in the House Education Committee. Instead, the House decided to move SF 366 that had already advanced to the House Local Government Committee last session. SF 366 was amended on the House floor (March 18) with a strike-after amendment (S-5084) that became the new bill language. It passed the House by a vote of 99-1. It is now in the Senate for their consideration of the amendment and it is eligible for floor debate.

     

    • ·        Other Bills of Interest:
    • o   SF 2148/HF 2383 Fantasy Sports Contests. The next step for the bill is debate on the floor in both chambers. Update: Each of these bills were placed on their respective chamber’s Unfinished Business Calendars on March 13 and 14.
    • o   SF 2297 Criminal Transmission. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 27 by a vote of 48-0. Update: It was passed by the House Judiciary Committeeon March 13 with a strike-after amendment (H-8118) that will become the new bill language. It has been placed on the House Unfinished Business Calendar.
    • o   HF 2266 increases the amount of the portion of the fee for a marriage license retained by the county from $4 to $14. It does not increase the cost of a license. Update: This bill was passed by a House Ways and Means subcommittee of Representatives Quentin Stanerson, Dan Kelley, and Matt Windschitl and will now be eligible for consideration by the full committee. 
    • o   SF 2097 Safe Route to Schools. Update: This bill was introduced on February 3 and referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee. It has been assigned to a subcommittee of Senators Bob Dvorsky and Jake Chapman.
    • o   HSB 672 Sale of Fireworks. Update: This bill was introduced on March 12 and was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.
    • o   SF 2334 Tax Credits for Disability Services. Update: This bill was introduced on March 11 and was referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. It was assigned to a subcommittee of Senators Herman Quirmbach, Joe Bolkcom, and Jake Chapman. A meeting has not been scheduled as of this writing.
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    Sent to the Governor

    • o   HF 2370 Supervision of Orthotist or Prosthetists Assistants. Update: This bill passed the House Chamber on March 4 by a vote of 98-0 and the Senate Chamber of March 18 by a vote of 45-0. It has now gone to the Governor for his consideration.
    • o   HF 2378 Psychology Post-Doctorate Provisional License. IDPH estimates a one-time cost of approximately $7,900 to implement this legislation should it become law. Update: This bill passed the House Chamber on March 5 by a vote of 99-0 and the Senate Chamber of March 18 by a vote of 45-0. It has now gone to the Governor for his consideration.
    • o   SF 2080 Prescription Monitoring Programs Information Exchange. Board of Pharmacy bill. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 24 by a vote of 49-0. Update: It passed the House Chamber on March 18 by a vote of 100-0. It will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.
    • o   SF 2121 Controlled Substances Designations. Board of Pharmacy bill. This bill was passed by the Senate Chamber on February 24 by a vote of 49-0. Update: It passed the House Chamber on March 18 by a vote of 99-0. It will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.
    • o   SF 2120 ARNP, Use of Title. Board of Nursing bill. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 24 by a vote of 49-0. Update: It passed the House Chamber on March 18 by a vote of 100-0. It will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

     

    Notable Bills that Died in Funnel

    The following bills did not meet the requirements to pass the second funnel deadline. They are considered dead as stand-alone bills for the session however, they could be added as amendments to other bills still moving through the process or be included in appropriations bills or the standings bill that is introduced near the end of session:

    • o   HF 2385 State Agency Administrative Rule-Making. Update: This bill passed the House Chamber on March 12 by a vote of 77-23 however it did not pass the Senate State Government Committee.
    • o   SF 2280 Database for Eligibility for Public Benefits Programs. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 27 by a vote of 48-0. To view the published Fiscal Note on the bill please click here. Update: It did not pass the House State Government Committee.
    • o   SF 2244 Confidential Employees. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 25 by a vote of 27-22. Update: It did not pass the House State Government Committee.
    • o   SF 2279 Employment Protections for EMS Volunteers. Update: This bill did not pass its chamber of origin (Senate).
    • o   SF 2253 Health Insurance Marketplace. Update: This bill did not pass its chamber of origin (Senate).
    • o   SF 2234/HF 2358 Licensure of Polysomnographic Technologists. IDPH estimates a one-time cost of approximately $29,000 to implement this legislation should it become law. Update: Neither bill passed out of a chamber although advancing the committee level in both.
    • o   HF 2364 Professional Licensure Legislative Review Committee. Update: This bill did not pass its chamber of origin (House).
    • o   SF 2293 Relates to Physician Assistants and the Seriously Mentally Impaired. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on March 11 by a vote of 48-0. Update: This bill did not pass the House Human Resources Committee.
    • o   SF 2275 Tanning Restrictions for Minors. Update: This bill did not pass its chamber of origin (Senate).
    • o   SF 2252 Breast Density Task Force. This bill passed the Senate Chamber by a vote of 49-0 on February 26. Update: It did not pass the House Human Resources Committee.
    • o   SF 2090 Lyme Disease Task Force. This bill passed the Senate Chamber by a vote of 49-0 on February 26. Update: It did not pass the House Human Resources Committee.
    • o   SF 2285 Iowa Healthiest Children Initiative. Update: This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 48-0 on March 3. It did not pass the House Human Resources Committee.
    • o   SF 2156 Pharmacy Licenses. Board of Pharmacy bill. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 24 by a vote of 49-0. Update: It does not appear that this bill will be taken up by the House Chamber although it was passed out of the House State Government Committee. On March 21 it was referred back to the Committee instead of being placed on the House Unfinished Business Calendar.
    • o   SF 2147 Dental Board Executive Director Position. Iowa Dental Board bill. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 25 by a vote of 49-0. Update: It did not pass the House Human Resources Committee.

     

    Other Information

    The Legislative Update is also posted on the IDPH website at http://www.idph.state.ia.us/adper/legislative_updates.asp  . To subscribe to the IDPH Legislative Update, please send a blank email to join-IDPHLEGUPDATE@lists.ia.gov.

    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

  • 10 Mar 2014 10:38 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    In this issue:

    ·        Joint Budget Targets Released

    ·        Bill Highlights by Topic

    ·        Second Funnel is Friday, March 14

     

    The Eighth Week

    Here are the some highlights from this week:

     

    Joint Budget Targets Released

    The leadership of the Senate and House Chambers have released joint budget targets for all of the appropriations subcommittees. Joint targets are a positive sign that the chambers are working together to move this session closer to its end date. Targets provide the expenditure parameters to the co-chairs (one Senator and one Representative) of each subcommittee. In other words, they have been authorized to appropriate a certain amount of the estimated General Fund revenue for FY 2015 to the departments and agencies under their purview. The Health and Human Services (HHS) Appropriations Subcommitteeappropriates funding for IDPH, the Department of Human Services, the Department on Aging, and the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Iowa Veterans Home. The budget target for HHS is $1,858,353,019. This is $950,000 lower than the Governor’s recommended budget for FY 2015. The reduction could be spread across all of the agencies. However, legislators will also need to take into account the various funding requests from lobbyists and advocacy groups in addition to ensuring that HHS-related policy bills with estimated fiscal costs are also funded in this budget. The HHS budget bill will start in the House Chamber this year. As of this writing a bill has not been introduced.

     

    Bill Highlights

    • ·        IDPH Legislative Package:
    • o   SF 2083/HF 2276 Board of Dietetics Bills. Formerly SSB 3013/HSB 538. The bills have met the requirements for both funnel deadlines. HF 2276 was debated on the House Chamber floor on Tuesday, March 4. It was substituted for SF 2083 because each bill is identical and only one bill can be signed by the Governor. SF 2083 passed the House Chamber by a vote of 99-0. The next stop will be the Governor’s desk for his signature!
    • o   HF 2187 Iowa Health Information Network Bill. Formerly HSB 526. This bill will likely be incorporated into the Health and Human Services (HHS) appropriations bill. Neither chamber has introduced their versions of the HHS bill to date but conversations with legislators have concluded that this is the best vehicle for the bill’s passage.
    • o   SF 2196 Department Omnibus Bill. Formerly SSB 3014. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 25 by a vote of 50-0 and was referred to the House Human Resources Committee. The subcommittee of Representatives Mark Costello (chair), Greg Forristall, and Beth Wessel-Kroeschell recommended passage of the bill to the full committee on Wednesday, March 5, and it passed unanimously. It is now eligible for debate on the House Chamber floor.

     

    • ·        Anti-Bullying and Youth Suicide Prevention Bills:
    • o   HF 2409 Governor’s Bill. Formerly HSB 525. This bill was amended in the House Education Committee. The amendment has been incorporated into HF 2409 and the bill is eligible for debate on the House Chamber floor. The Legislative Services Agency published a Fiscal Note on the bill on March 4. To view it click here.
    • o   SF 2318 Senate Bill. Formerly SSB 3149. This bill was amended and passed by the Senate Education Committee and was then referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Education Committee’s amendment has been incorporated into SF 2318. A subcommittee of Senators Rob Hogg (chair), Bob Dvorsky, and Joni Ernst have scheduled a meeting for Monday, March 10 at noon in Senate room 22.

     

    • ·        All Executive Branch Agencies:
    • o   HF 2274 Agency Fees Internet Site. Formerly HF 2058. This bill passed the House Chamber on February 25 by a vote of 98-0. To view the published Fiscal Note, please click here. This bill passed out of Senate State Government on March 6 and will now be eligible for debate on the Senate Chamber floor.

     

     

    • ·        Professional Licensure:
    • o   HF 2370 Supervision of Orthotist or Prosthetists Assistants. Formerly HSB 552. This bill passed the House Chamber on March 4 by a vote of 98-0. It was referred to the Senate State Government Committee.
    • o   HF 2378 Psychology Post-Doctorate Provisional License. Formerly HF 2182. This bill passed the House Chamber on March 5 by a vote of 99-0.  It has been referred to the Senate Human Resources Committee. IDPH estimates a one-time cost of approximately $7,900 to implement this legislation should it become law.
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    • ·        Radon:
    • o   SF 2262 Testing/Mitigation in Public Schools. Formerly SF 2127. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on March 4 by a vote of 35-14. Two amendments (S-5039 and S-5043) were adopted during floor debate that IDPH is actively analyzing for impact to the department. The bill was assigned to the House Education Committee. A subcommittee of Representatives Kevin Koester (chair), Cecil Dolecheck, and Ruth Ann Gaines have scheduled a subcommittee for Monday, March 10 at 1:30 in the House Lobby Lounge.
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    • ·        Task Forces:
    • o   SF 2285 Iowa Healthiest Children Initiative. Formerly SF 2144. This bill is eligible for debate on the Senate Chamber floor. IDPH can absorb the work of the task force into current efforts required and funded by the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on March 3 by a vote of 48-0. It has been assigned to the House Human Resources Committee. As of this writing, the subcommittee of Representatives Greg Forristall (chair), Joel Fry, and Lisa Heddens have not scheduled a meeting on the bill.
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    • ·        Other Bills of Interest:
    • o   HF 2266 increases the amount of the portion of the fee for a marriage license retained by the county from $4 to $14. It does not increase the cost of a license. This bill has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. As of this writing, the subcommittee of Representatives Quentin Stanerson, Dan Kelley, and Matt Windschitl have not schedule a meeting on the bill.
    • o   SF 2080 Prescription Monitoring Programs Information Exchange. Board of Pharmacy bill. Formerly SSB 3007. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 24 by a vote of 49-0. It has been assigned to the House Human Resources Committee. It is on the agenda to be debated by the Committee on March 10 in House room 103 at 4:00.
    • o   SF 2121 Controlled Substances Designations. Board of Pharmacy bill. Formerly SSB 3008. This bill was passed by the Senate Chamber on February 24 by a vote of 49-0. It was voted out of the House Public Safety Committeeon March 5 and will now be eligible for debate on the House Chamber floor.
    • o   SF 2120 ARNP, Use of Title. Board of Nursing bill. Formerly SSB 3006. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 24 by a vote of 49-0. It was voted out of the House Human Resources Committeeon March 5 and will now be eligible for debate on the House Chamber floor.

    Highlights for Next Week:

    The second funnel deadline is this Friday, March 14. Bills that die in the second funnel have passed at least one standing committee in either the Senate or House chambers. However, they have failed to pass out of one chamber and out of one of the second chamber’s committees.

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

    Other Information

    The Legislative Update is also posted on the IDPH website at http://www.idph.state.ia.us/adper/legislative_updates.asp  . To subscribe to the IDPH Legislative Update, please send a blank email to join-IDPHLEGUPDATE@lists.ia.gov.

    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

  • 03 Mar 2014 4:00 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)
    Senate File 2285

        A bill for an act establishing an Iowa healthiest children initiative in the department of public health and including effective date provisions. (Formerly SF 2144.)

            Feb. 24 14     Introduced, placed on calendar. S.J. 342.

            Feb. 24 14     Committee report, approving bill. S.J. 353.

        Sponsored by Human Resources.

    Senate File 2257

        A bill for an act relating to programs and accounts administered by the college student aid commission. (Formerly SSB 3045.)

            Feb. 26 14     Message from Senate. H.J. 349.

            Feb. 26 14     Read first time, referred to Education. H.J. 351.

            Feb. 27 14     Subcommittee, Forristall, Cohoon, and Stanerson. H.J. 371.

        Sponsored by Education.

    Senate File 2120

        A bill for an act relating to the use of professional titles or abbreviations by advanced registered nurse practitioners. (Formerly SSB 3006.)

            Feb. 24 14     Message from Senate. H.J. 309.

            Feb. 25 14     Read first time, referred to Human Resources. H.J. 319.

            Feb. 26 14     Subcommittee, L. Miller, Landon, and Stutsman. H.J. 352.

        Sponsored by Human Resources.

    Senate File 2090

        A bill for an act establishing a lyme disease task force. (Formerly SF 2009.)

            Feb. 26 14     Message from Senate. H.J. 349.

            Feb. 26 14     Read first time, referred to Human Resources. H.J. 350.

            Feb. 27 14     Subcommittee, L. Miller, Abdul-Samad, and Forristall. H.J. 370.

        Sponsored by Human Resources.

    Senate Study Bill 3057
        A study bill for an act providing for the licensing of polysomnographic technologists, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions. 01/23/14 Danielson, Courtney, Chapman
            LSB 5277SC     Senate Study Bill 3057

            LSB 5277YC     House Study Bill 574

            LSB 5277SV     Senate File 2234

            LSB 5277HV     House File 2358

    Senate File 2234

        A bill for an act providing for the licensing of polysomnographic technologists, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions. (Formerly SSB 3057.)

            Feb. 19 14     Introduced, placed on calendar. S.J. 294.

            Feb. 19 14     Committee report, approving bill. S.J. 299.

            Feb. 26 14     Amendment S-5023 filed. S.J. 412.

        Sponsored by State Government.

    House File 2358

        A bill for an act providing for the licensing of polysomnographic technologists, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions. (Formerly HSB 574)

            Feb. 21 14     Introduced, placed on calendar. H.J. 300.

        Sponsored by State Government.

    Senate Study Bill 3043
        A study bill for an act relating to a physician assistant's or advanced registered nurse practitioner's authority in regard to life=sustaining procedures. 01/22/13 Bolkcom, Dotzler, Johnson
            LSB 5328XC     Senate Study Bill 3043

    Senate Study Bill 3009
        A study bill for an act relating to the practice of nursing, including defining the functions of an advanced registered nurse practitioner and requiring background checks on nursing students. 01/14/14 Bolkcom, Dotzler, Boettger
            LSB 5300DP     Senate Study Bill 3009

    House File 2160

        A bill for an act relating to telemedicine relative to professional licensure, insurance coverage, and reimbursement under the medical assistance program.
            Feb. 05 14     Introduced, referred to Human Resources. H.J. 173.

            Feb. 10 14     Subcommittee, Forristall, Fry, and Murphy. H.J. 196.

        Sponsored by Berry and Murphy.

    House File 2086

        A bill for an act providing for midwife licensure and providing for a fee and a penalty, and including effective date provisions.
            Jan. 30 14     Introduced, referred to State Government. H.J. 130.

            Feb. 03 14     Subcommittee, L. Miller, Mascher, and Watts. H.J. 144.

        Sponsored by Heartsill, Pettengill, Kaufmann, Gassman and Schultz.

    House File 2075

        A bill for an act making a supplemental appropriation for the low-income home energy assistance program and including effective date provisions.
            Jan. 29 14     Introduced, referred to Appropriations. H.J. 124.

            Feb. 03 14     Subcommittee, Watts, Bearinger, and Highfill. H.J. 144.

        Sponsored by Prichard, Ruff, Sheets, Riding, Miller, H., Steckman, Thomas, Bearing

    House Study Bill 574
        A study bill for providing for the licensing of polysomnographic technologists, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions. 1-28-14 Subcommittee assigned, Highfill, Costello, and Lensing. H.J. 121. 2-12-14 Passed subcommittee. (See Cmte. Bill HF 2358)
            LSB 5277SC     Senate Study Bill 3057

            LSB 5277YC     House Study Bill 574

            LSB 5277SV     Senate File 2234

            LSB 5277HV     House File 2358

    Senate File 2234

        A bill for an act providing for the licensing of polysomnographic technologists, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions. (Formerly SSB 3057.)

            Feb. 19 14     Introduced, placed on calendar. S.J. 294.

            Feb. 19 14     Committee report, approving bill. S.J. 299.

            Feb. 26 14     Amendment S-5023 filed. S.J. 412.

        Sponsored by State Government.

    House File 2358

        A bill for an act providing for the licensing of polysomnographic technologists, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions. (Formerly HSB 574)

            Feb. 21 14     Introduced, placed on calendar. H.J. 300.

        Sponsored by State Government.

    House Study Bill 131
        A study bill for allowing certain milk and products using milk to be transferred directly by operators of dairy farms, and making penalties applicable. 2-13-13 Subcommittee assigned, Schultz, Heartsill, and Running-Marquardt. H.J. 282.
            LSB 1448YC     House Study Bill 131

            LSB 1448XS     Senate File 77

    Senate File 77

        A bill for an act allowing certain milk and products using milk to be transferred directly by operators of dairy farms, and making penalties applicable.
            Jan. 29 13     Introduced, referred to Agriculture. S.J. 136.

            Jan. 29 13     Subcommittee, Seng, Bowman, and Greiner. S.J. 142.

                * * * * * END OF 2013 ACTIONS * * * * *
        Sponsored by Sorenson.

  • 03 Mar 2014 3:58 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    In this issue:

    ·        Funnel Recap

     

    The Seventh Week

    This legislative update provides a recap of select legislative bills that IDPH is monitoring that survived the first funnel deadline. A list of notable bills that died in funnel is also provided.

     

    What is the First Funnel Deadline?

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

     

    Bills that Survived Funnel

    • ·        IDPH Legislative Package:
    • o   SF 2083/HF 2276 Board of Dietetics Bills. Formerly SSB 3013/HSB 538. The bills have met the requirements for both funnel deadlines. SF 2083 was passed out of the Senate Chamber on February 24 by a vote of 49-0. The next step is to debate the bill on the House floor since the companion bill (HF 2276) has already passed out of the House Human Resources Committee.
    • o   HF 2187 Iowa Health Information Network Bill. Formerly HSB 526. Eligible for debate on the House Chamber floor.
    • o   SF 2196 Department Omnibus Bill. Formerly SSB 3014. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 25 by a vote of 50-0 and was referred to the House Human Resources Committee.

     

    • ·        Anti-Bullying and Youth Suicide Prevention Bills:
    • o   HF 2409 Governor’s Bill. Formerly HSB 525. This bill was amended in the House Education Committee. The amendment has been incorporated into HF 2409 and the bill is eligible for debate on the House Chamber floor.
    • o   SF 2318 Senate Bill. Formerly SSB 3149. This bill was amended and passed by the Senate Education Committee and was then referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Education Committee’s amendment has been incorporated into SF 2318.
    • o   SF 2261 Center for Youth Suicide Prevention. Formerly SF 2173. This bill passed the Senate Education Committee on February 26 and was then referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee. It is likely that an amendment will move the Center from the Department of Education to IDPH. The department has received a Garrett Lee Smith State Youth Suicide Prevention Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The name of IDPH’s project is Youth and Young Adult Suicide Prevention Program (Y-YASP).  Y-YASP is a $1.32 million, three-year project. 

     

    • ·        All Executive Branch Agencies:
    • o   HF 2274 Agency Fees Internet Site. Formerly HF 2058. This bill passed the House Chamber on February 25 by a vote of 98-0. To view the published Fiscal Note, please click here.
    • o   HF 2385 State Agency Administrative Rule-Making. Formerly HF 2157. Eligible for debate on the House Chamber floor.
    • o   SF 2280 Database for Eligibility for Public Benefits Programs. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 27 by a vote of 48-0. It has been assigned to the House State Government Committee. To view the published Fiscal Note on the bill please click here.
    • o   SF 2244 Confidential Employees. Formerly SF 2054. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 25 by a vote of 27-22. It has been assigned to the House State Government Committee.

     

    • ·        E-Cigarettes:
    • o   HF 2109 Vapor Products/Alternative Nicotine Products. Formerly HSB 566. This bill passed the House Chamber on February 11 by a vote of 76-22. It has been referred to the Senate Human Resources Committee.
    •  
    • ·        Emergency Medical Services (EMS):
    • o   HF 2076 EMS Tax Credit Increase. This bill is in the House Ways & Means Committee. Bills in this committee are exempt from funnel requirements. A subcommittee of Representatives Quentin Stanerson (chair), Brian Moore, and Roger Thomas held a meeting on Thursday, February 27. The current version of the bill increases the tax credit from $50 to $500. The subcommittee members will recommend passage to the full committee with an amendment to increase the tax credit from $50 to $100. To view the published Fiscal Note for the $500 tax credit please click here.
    • o   SF 2071 EMS Tax Credit Increase. This bill increases the EMS tax credit from $50 to $100. To view the published Fiscal Note please click here. This bill is in the Senate Ways & Means Committee. Bills in this committee are exempt from funnel requirements.
    • o   SF 2279 Employment Protections for EMS Volunteers. Formerly SSB 3103. This bill is eligible for debate on the Senate Chamber floor.

     

    • ·        Health Reform:
    • o   SF 2238 Health Enterprise Zones. This bill was introduced on February 19 and was referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee. SF 2253 Health Insurance Marketplace. Formerly SF 2112. This bill is eligible for debate on the Senate Chamber floor.
    •  
    • ·        Professional Licensure:
    • o   SF 2234/HF 2358 Licensure of Polysomnographic Technologists. Formerly SSB 3057/HSB 574. The bills have met the requirements for both funnel deadlines and each study bill was amended in committee. IDPH estimates a one-time cost of approximately $29,000 to implement this legislation should it become law.
    • o   HF 2319 Licensure of Veterans/Spouses. Formerly HSB 616. This is one of several bills related to Governor Branstad’s Home Base Iowa Initiative that will assist veterans in obtaining employment in Iowa. For more information about this goal of this bill, please click here. IDPH is also monitoring HF 2316 (formerly HSB 613) that contains the funding to implement HF 2319.
    • o   HF 2364 Professional Licensure Legislative Review Committee.  Formerly HF 2015 and was amended in committee to narrow the focus of the review to the nineteen boards under the purview of IDPH’s Bureau of Professional Licensure.
    • o   HF 2370 Supervision of Orthotist or Prosthetists Assistants. Formerly HSB 552. Eligible for debate on the House Chamber floor.
    • o   SF 2293 Relates to Physician Assistants and the Seriously Mentally Impaired. Formerly SSB 3053. Eligible for debate on the Senate Chamber floor.
    • o   HF 2378 Psychology Post-Doctorate Provisional License. Formerly HF 2182. Eligible for debate on the House Chamber floor. IDPH estimates a one-time cost of approximately $7,900 to implement this legislation should it become law.
    •  
    • ·        Radon:
    • o   SF 2262 Testing/Mitigation in Public Schools. Formerly SF 2127. This bill passed the Senate Education Committee without an amendment. An amendment for floor debate is in the process of being developed. To view the published Fiscal Note for the current version of the bill please click here.
    •  
    • ·        Tanning Restrictions:
    • o   SF 2275 Tanning Restrictions for Minors. Formerly SF 2174. Eligible for debate on the Senate Chamber floor.
    •  
    • ·        Task Forces:
    • o   SF 2252 Breast Density Task Force. Formerly SF 2002. This bill passed the Senate Chamber by a vote of 49-0 on February 26. It has been referred to House Human Resources. IDPH has estimated a cost of $25,000 to administer the task force.
    • o   SF 2090 Lyme Disease Task Force. Formerly SF 2009. This bill passed the Senate Chamber by a vote of 49-0 on February 26. It has been referred to House Human Resources. IDPH has estimated a cost of $25,000 to administer the task force.
    • o   SF 2285 Iowa Healthiest Children Initiative. Formerly SF 2144. This bill is eligible for debate on the Senate Chamber floor. IDPH can absorb the work of the task force into current efforts required and funded by the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant.
    •  
    • ·        Other Bills of Interest:
    • o   SF 2148/HF 2383 Fantasy Sports Contests. Formerly SSB 3108/HF 2128. The bills have met the requirements for both funnel deadlines. The next step for the bill is debate on the floor in both Chambers.
    • o   SF 2297 Criminal Transmission. Formerly SSB 3196. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 27 by a vote of 48-0. It has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
    • o   HF 2266 increases the amount of the portion of the fee for a marriage license retained by the county from $4 to $14. It does not increase the cost of a license.
    • o   SF 2080 Prescription Monitoring Programs Information Exchange. Board of Pharmacy bill. Formerly SSB 3007. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 24 by a vote of 49-0. It has been assigned to the House Human Resources Committee.
    • o   SF 2121 Controlled Substances Designations. Board of Pharmacy bill. Formerly SSB 3008. This bill was passed by the Senate Chamber on February 24 by a vote of 49-0. It has been assigned to the House Public Safety Committee.
    • o   SF 2156 Pharmacy Licenses. Board of Pharmacy bill. Formerly SSB 3012. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 24 by a vote of 49-0. It has been referred to the House State Government Committee.
    • o   SF 2147 Dental Board Executive Director Position. Iowa Dental Board bill. Formerly SSB 3010. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 25 by a vote of 49-0. It has been assigned to the House Human Resources Committee.
    • o   SF 2120 ARNP, Use of Title. Board of Nursing bill. Formerly SSB 3006. This bill passed the Senate Chamber on February 24 by a vote of 49-0. It has been assigned to the House Human Resources Committee.

     

    Notable Bills that Died in Funnel

    ·        SSB 1194/HSB 165 Shared Use of Schools

    ·        SSB 1162/HSB 149 Psychologists Prescribing Authorization

    ·        SSB 3139/HSB 577 Licensure of Naturopathic Physicians

    ·        HSB 131/HSB 634 Relating to the Legalization of the Sale of Raw Milk

    ·        SF 2116 Licensure of Music Therapists

    ·        SF 2001 Disclosure of Meth Labs in Homes

    ·        HF 2135 Elimination of Braiding Licensure Requirement

     

    Other Information

    The Legislative Update is also posted on the IDPH website at http://www.idph.state.ia.us/adper/legislative_updates.asp  . To subscribe to the IDPH Legislative Update, please send a blank email to join-IDPHLEGUPDATE@lists.ia.gov.

    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

  • 25 Feb 2014 10:54 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)
    INPS invites submission of oral presentations for consideration for the 2014 Conference, being held November 6 - 8, 2014 in West Des Moines.

    The deadline for submission is: Monday, March 31, 2014. Applicants will be notified by April 15, 2014.

    For more details, please click here to download the PDF application.

    For questions, please contact Shelby Cartwright.

  • 20 Feb 2014 7:49 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    In this issue:

    ·        Update: IDPH’s 2014 Legislative Package – Omnibus and dietetics bills advance!

    ·        Raw milk panel – Dr. Ann Garvey testifies

    ·        Public health tracking portal information sessions

    ·        Sports fantasy contests and alternative nicotine products bills advance

    ·        Subcommittees attended: Radon bill

    ·        Highlights for next week: First funnel deadline

     

    The Fifth Week

    Here are some highlights from the week:

     

    IDPH Legislative Package

    ·        IDPH has three bills for the 2014 session:

    ·        UPDATE: HSB 528 is the Board of Dietetics bill. The change that the Iowa Board of Dietetics (under the IDPH Bureau of Professional Licensure) is proposing is consistent with the change in name from the American Dietetic Association (ADA) to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), and includes the reference to the name of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics credentialing agency, the Commission on Dietetic Registration. The bill is technical in nature and will have no impact on the current licensure process. The bill passed unanimously out of the House Human Resources Committee on February 12 and without amendments. It will receive a new number and will be eligible for floor debate in the House chamber.

     

    ·        SSB 3013 is the Senate companion bill to the Board of Dietetics bill. Senate Human Resources Committee unanimously on Wednesday, January 29 without amendments. The new bill number is SF 2083 and is eligible for debate on the Senate floor.

     

    ·        UPDATE: SSB 3014  is the IDPH Omnibus Bill passed unanimously out of the Senate Human Resources Committee on February 12. One large amendment was attached to the bill and the components come from outside stakeholders. There are three components. The first extends the sunset dates in the Iowa code for a safety net provider recruitment and retention program, a physician assistant mental health fellowship program, a nurse residency state matching grants program, a health care professional incentive payment program, and an Iowa Needs Nurses Now program. These programs have not received funding since they were established in 2009 and therefore, have never been implemented. The code language was set to expire on June 30, 2014 but the amendment pushes that date back to June 30, 2016. The second component codifies the Fulfilling Iowa’s Need for Dentists (FIND) program that is administered by Delta Dental of Iowa. This program receives an annual General Fund appropriation. The third component will fix a drafting error from a 2013 bill that updated the plumbing and mechanical licensing law.  In that legislation, a sheet metal journeyperson license was added as a new option.  The bill drafter inadvertently created a sheet metal master license as well, which was not the intent.  This amendment is agreed to by all industry partners. All of these components will be added to SSB 3014 that will receive a new bill number and be eligible for floor debate in the Senate chamber.

     

    ·        The third bill in the IDPH legislative package pertains to the Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) that is administered by the IDPH Office of e-Health. The bill is proposing to expand eligibility for the query function service that the IHIN provides. The service is used to query participants (any entity that has signed a participation agreement with the Office of e-Health) in the IHIN for a patient’s health information. Examples of when the service may be used include but are not limited to when the patient is unable to remember their full medical history or during an off-hour emergency. Each participant is vetted through a strict approval process before gaining access to the IHIN.

    •  

    UPDATE: HSB 526passed the full House Human Resources Committee unanimously on Thursday, February 6 and will now head to the full House Chamber for floor debate. HF 2187 is the updated bill number.

    •  

    UPDATE: In the Senate chamber, SSB 3042(the companion bill to HSB 526) has yet to advance the subcommittee level. The members last met on Thursday, January 30 and have yet to reconvene for more discussion. As of the writing, it appears unlikely that this bill will survive the first funnel deadline of February 21. However, we believe that if HF 2187 passes the House chamber, the Senate will review the bill again.

     

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

     

    Other Highlights

            Raw Milk Panel Discussion. IDPH’s Dr. Ann Garvey is the State Public Health Veterinarian and Deputy State Epidemiologist. Dr. Garvey was invited to speak as part of a panel of experts assembled to educate lawmakers on the public health impact of the consumption of raw milk. Her assigned topic related to secondary infection and epidemiology and her comments can be read in the appendices of this publication. Other members on the panel included:

    o   Dr. Russ Currier, the former Iowa Veterinary Epidemiologist now retired.

    o   Dr. James A. Roth, Distinguished Professor at Iowa State University (ISU), and the Director for the Center for Food Security and Public Health

    o   Dr. Leo Timms, a professor at ISU and an ISU Extension Dairy Specialist

    o   Dr. James A. Merchant, a professor in the University of Iowa’s Department of Occupational and Environmental Health

    o   Dr. Peter Wallace, Chair of the Johnson County Board of Health

    o   Dr. Luis Castignini, Specialist in pediatric infectious disease medicine at Blank Children’s Health Center in Des Moines

    o   Mrs. Mary McGonigle-Martin, mother of Chris Martin who became ill after consuming raw milk

     

    All legislation (HSB 131 and HSB 634) that relate to the legalization of the sale of raw milk is considered unlikely to advance for this session.

     

    ·        Public Health Tracking Portal Presentations. IDPH’s Public Health Tracking Portal Team provided two information sessions for legislators and legislative staff on February 12 and 13. Each session was well-received and promoted the opportunity for policy-makers, in collaboration with their local community leaders, to use information collected by IDPH to promote and protect the health of Iowans.

     

    ·        SSB 3108authorizes the paying of awards and prizes to participants in fantasy sports contests. It classifies these contests as a game of skill and not a game of chance as defined by Iowa laws and regulations. The federal government also recognizes fantasy sports contests as a game of skill. The bill was unanimously passed out of the Senate State Government Committee on February 11. The new bill number is SF 2148.

     

    ·        HF 2109(formerly HSB 566) that relates to the regulation of alternative nicotine products and vapor products passed the House chamber on February 12 by a vote of 76-22. The bill defines “alternative nicotine products” and “vapor products” separately from cigarettes and tobacco products under Iowa Code Chapter 453A. It also prohibits the sale and use of these products to minors under the age of eighteen. There is still a debate present relating to the definitions provided for in the bill however proponents and opponents still agree on the age limitations. An amendment was accepted on the during the floor debate that is technical in nature.

     

    Subcommittees attended:
    

    ·        HF 2152 requires regular testing of the levels of radon in school buildings by June 30, 2025 and provides for specified levels that trigger a second test and finally a radon mitigation plan to be implemented within one year. The House Education subcommittee members of Representatives Kevin Koester (chair), Cecil Dolecheck, and Ruth Ann Gaines met on Thursday, February 13. The members will recommend passage of the bill to the full committee with an amendment that establishes a school radon mitigation revolving loan program and appropriates $5.0 million for FY 2015. The amendment provides for a no-interest loan repayment program to assist schools in financing their mitigation costs. 

     

    Highlights for Next Week:

    ·        First Funnel Deadline is Friday. This is the first major deadline for bills to continue moving through the legislative process. A bill must pass out of a full committee to be considered a live bill after February 21. 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. At least one version of all three of the bills in IDPH’s legislative package will survive the first funnel. To view the updated session timeline please click here.

     

    Other Information

    • ·        The Iowa General Assembly website is a great source of legislative information. The address is www.legis.iowa.gov. Take a few minutes to check out the wealth of resources.

     

     

    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

  • 11 Feb 2014 1:14 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    Bill Watch list for Nurse Practitioners

    Senate File 2120


    A bill for an act relating to the use of professional titles or abbreviations by advanced registered nurse practitioners. (Formerly SSB 3006.)



    Feb. 06 14

    Introduced, placed on calendar. S.J. 212.



    Feb. 06 14

    Committee report, approving bill. S.J. 215.


    Sponsored by Human Resources.

    Senate File 2090


    A bill for an act establishing a lyme disease task force. (Formerly SF 2009.)



    Jan. 30 14

    Introduced, placed on calendar. S.J. 160.



    Jan. 30 14

    Committee report, approving bill. S.J. 164.


    Sponsored by Human Resources.

    Senate Study Bill 3057


    A study bill for an act providing for the licensing of polysomnographic technologists, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions. 01/23/14 Danielson, Courtney, Chapman



    LSB 5277SC

    Senate Study Bill 3057



    LSB 5277YC

    House Study Bill 574

    Senate Study Bill 3043


    A study bill for an act relating to a physician assistant's or advanced registered nurse practitioner's authority in regard to life=sustaining procedures. 01/22/13 Bolkcom, Dotzler, Johnson



    LSB 5328XC

    Senate Study Bill 3043

    Senate Study Bill 3009


    A study bill for an act relating to the practice of nursing, including defining the functions of an advanced registered nurse practitioner and requiring background checks on nursing students. 01/14/14 Bolkcom, Dotzler, Boettger



    LSB 5300DP

    Senate Study Bill 3009

    House File 2160


    A bill for an act relating to telemedicine relative to professional licensure, insurance coverage, and reimbursement under the medical assistance program.



    Feb. 05 14

    Introduced, referred to Human Resources. H.J. 173.


    Sponsored by Berry and Murphy.

    House File 2086


    A bill for an act providing for midwife licensure and providing for a fee and a penalty, and including effective date provisions.



    Jan. 30 14

    Introduced, referred to State Government. H.J. 130.



    Feb. 03 14

    Subcommittee, L. Miller, Mascher, and Watts. H.J. 144.


    Sponsored by Heartsill, Pettengill, Kaufmann, Gassman and Schultz.

    House File 2075


    A bill for an act making a supplemental appropriation for the low-income home energy assistance program and including effective date provisions.



    Jan. 29 14

    Introduced, referred to Appropriations. H.J. 124.



    Feb. 03 14

    Subcommittee, Watts, Bearinger, and Highfill. H.J. 144.


    Sponsored by Prichard, Ruff, Sheets, Riding, Miller, H., Steckman, Thomas, Bearing

    House Study Bill 574


    A study bill for providing for the licensing of polysomnographic technologists, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions. 1-28-14 Subcommittee assigned, Highfill, Costello, and Lensing. H.J. 121.



    LSB 5277SC

    Senate Study Bill 3057



    LSB 5277YC

    House Study Bill 574

    House Study Bill 131


    A study bill for allowing certain milk and products using milk to be transferred directly by operators of dairy farms, and making penalties applicable. 2-13-13 Subcommittee assigned, Schultz, Heartsill, and Running-Marquardt. H.J. 282.



    LSB 1448YC

    House Study Bill 131



    LSB 1448XS

    Senate File 77

    Senate File 77


    A bill for an act allowing certain milk and products using milk to be transferred directly by operators of dairy farms, and making penalties applicable.



    Jan. 29 13

    Introduced, referred to Agriculture. S.J. 136.



    Jan. 29 13

    Subcommittee, Seng, Bowman, and Greiner. S.J. 142.




    * * * * * END OF 2013 ACTIONS * * * * *


    Sponsored by Sorenson.


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  • 10 Feb 2014 11:30 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    In this issue:

    ·        Update: IDPH’s 2014 Legislative Package – IHIN Bill passes House Committee!!!

    ·        Subcommittees attended: Agency fee database, Licensure of sleep techs, Sports fantasy contests, Meth labs in homes, Psychologist prescribing authority, Anti-bullying bills

    ·        Highlights for next week: IDPH Public Health Tracking Portal information session

     

    The Fourth Week

    Here are some highlights from the week:

     

    IDPH Legislative Package

    ·        IDPH has three bills for the 2014 session:

    ·        One bill pertains to the Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) that is administered by the IDPH Office of e-Health. The bill is proposing to expand eligibility for the query function service that the IHIN provides. The service is used to query participants (any entity that has signed a participation agreement with the Office of e-Health) in the IHIN for a patient’s health information. Examples of when the service may be used include but are not limited to when the patient is unable to remember their full medical history or during an off-hour emergency. Each participant is vetted through a strict approval process before gaining access to the IHIN.

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    UPDATE: HSB 526 the subcommittee of Representatives Linda Miller(chair), Marti Anderson, and Stan Gustafsonrecommended passage to the full House Human Resources Committee on Thursday, February 6. The bill passed unanimously and will now head to the full House Chamber for floor debate. IDPH would like to thank all of the representatives for their time and consideration of this important piece of legislation, especially Representative Linda Miller for her continued stewardship. We would also like to thank our stakeholder partners for their continued support of the passage of this legislation, including but not limited to, UnityPoint Health, Mercy Health Network, Iowa Medicaid, the Iowa Hospital Association, the Family Planning Council of Iowa, and Xerox.  We’re making great progress!

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    The subcommittee of Senators Herman Quirmbach (chair), Mary Jo Wilhelm, and Nancy Boettgerheld a meeting on SSB 3042 on Thursday, January 30. This is the companion bill to HSB 526. The subcommittee would like more information on how well patient health information is protected by electronic health records in general and in the methods of their exchange as they relate to the IHIN query tool. IDPH will provide more information as it relates to the IHIN’s privacy and security policies and processes.

     

    ·        SSB 3013passed the Senate Human Resources Committee unanimously on Wednesday, January 29 without amendments. The new bill number is SF 2083 and it will now be eligible for debate on the Senate floor. The change that the Iowa Board of Dietetics (under the IDPH Bureau of Professional Licensure) is proposing is consistent with the change in name from the American Dietetic Association (ADA) to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), and includes the reference to the name of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics credentialing agency, the Commission on Dietetic Registration. The bill is technical in nature.

     

    ·        UPDATE: HSB 528 is the House companion bill to the Board of Dietetics bill. The subcommittee of Representatives Rob Bacon(chair), Marti Anderson, and Kevin Koestermet on Thursday, February 6 and will recommend passage of this bill to the House Human Resources Committee and without amendments. A committee agenda for next week has not been sent as of this writing.

     

    ·        SSB 3014  is the IDPH Omnibus Bill and was introduced in the Senate on January 15 and was referred to the Senate Human Resources Committee. The subcommittee of Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm(chair), Bill Dotzler, and David Johnsonmet on Thursday, January 23 and will recommend passage of the bill to the Senate Human Resources Committee. Amendments were introduced to the bill from outside stakeholders however it is not clear as of this writing what will be included in the subcommittee’s recommendation.

     

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

     

    Other Highlights

            Presentations. Gretchen Hageman, Chief for the Bureau of Family Health, presented to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on the IDPH 1st Five Program on Tuesday, February 4. The 1st Five Program received an increase in funding for FY 2014 to expand its coverage in current locations and to expand the program into unserved areas. The presentation was well-received by the legislators on the subcommittee, especially the Co-chairs Senator Jack Hatch and Representative Dave Heaton. Kudos to Gretchen and her team that includes Rebecca Goldsmith and Marcus Miller-Johnson. Thank you for your stellar representation of the Iowa Department of Public Health!

     

    IDPH Interim Director Gerd Clabaugh also appeared again in front of the HHS Subcommittee on Thursday, February 6. He provided an update on the new medical residency training program. This program is a priority of the Governor’s and a new program in IDPH that received a $2.0 million appropriation for in FY 2014. The Governor has recommended additional funding of $1.0 million for FY 2015.

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    Subcommittees attended:
    

    ·        HF 2058 requires each state agency to establish a user-friendly fees database on an internet site. The subcommittee accepted the recommendation by the Governor’s chief information officer, Bob von Wolffradt, to have one central database that each agency can utilize instead of creating 45 individual ones. This would be more cost effective and efficient while meeting the goal of increased transparency for the public.

     

    ·        SSB 3108 authorizes the paying of awards and prizes to participants in fantasy sports contests. The bill was passed out of the subcommittee and has been placed on the agenda for the Senate State Government Committee for February 10.

     

    ·        HSB 574 (companion to SSB 3057) is a bill that requires the licensure of polysomnographic technologists, sometimes referred to as sleep techs, under the purview of IDPH’s Bureau of Professional Licensure. The sleep techs would be added to the Board of Respiratory Care to become the Board of Respiratory Care and Polysomnography.  IDPH estimates that the legislation as currently written would require approximately $29,000 of one-time General Funds to implement.

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    ·        HSB 149 permits a licensed psychologist that meets specified criteria to prescribe psychotropic medication.

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    ·        SF 2001 requires that the transferor of real property disclose whether the property has been used for the manufacture, use, storage, or sale of methamphetamine. Legislators on the subcommittee are gathering as much information from departments like IDPH, Public Safety, and the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy to understand the best way to get to the root of the bill’s issue. That is to protect the public from any harmful effects of methamphetamine that may be lingering after a lab has been removed. It is unclear whether a bill will be passed this session.

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    ·        Anti-Bullying Bills. The Senate (SSB 3149) and the Governor (HSB 525) have each introduced bills that continue to address Iowans’ concerns about bullying in schools. Advocates that attended the subcommittees were pleased that elected officials are working to address this important issue. The bills include many similarities and each side will work with diligently to reach a compromise.

     

    Highlights for Next Week:

    ·        Information Sessions. The IDPH Public Health Tracking Portal Team will be holding information and demonstration session on twice next week. The first opportunity will be on Tuesday, February 11 from 8:00-8:45am in the Capitol’s Legislative Dining Room. The second will be a presentation to the House Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, February 12 beginning at 4:00 in room 103, the former Supreme Court Chamber. We looking forward to promoting this initiative to legislators and their staff!

     

    Other Information

    • ·        Mark Your Calendar. The funnel dates in each chamber have been moved up two weeks as part of the joint effort to end session early. First funnel is now scheduled for February 21 and the second funnel is now scheduled for March 14.  To view the updated session timeline please click here.

     

    • ·        The Iowa General Assembly website is a great source of legislative information. The address is www.legis.iowa.gov . Take a few minutes to check out the wealth of resources.

     

    The Legislative Update is also posted on the IDPH website at http://www.idph.state.ia.us/adper/legislative_updates.asp  . To subscribe to the IDPH Legislative Update, please send a blank email to join-IDPHLEGUPDATE@lists.ia.gov.

     

     

    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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