IDPH Legislative Update - February 17, 2016

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.