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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, February 11

Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Mental Health Redesign Fiscal Viability Study Committee to Meet Tomorrow

The Legislative Council continued this committee from the 2012 Interim with a new charge.  In addition to monitoring implementation of the mental health and disability services redesign and receiving reports from stakeholder groups engaged in implementation of the redesign, the study committee shall propose a permanent approach for state, county, and regional financing of the redesign and identify potential cost savings and service improvements that may be realized by working with community-based corrections services and other programs and services that address common needs or populations (2013 Iowa Acts, SF 452, §184).

The study committee shall also study the provisions for implementing mental health and disability service Medicaid offset amounts and repayments by counties relating to the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan. The study committee shall consider the potential effects of the repayment provisions on the ability of the mental health and disability service regions to adequately fund the initial core services and additional core services and to make recommendations to address funding insufficiencies (2013 Iowa Acts, SF 446, §181).

The committee will meet at 10:00 am in Room 103 of the Iowa State Capitol.

Click here to view the committee’s membership.

Click here to see the committee’s agenda.

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Miller Serves as Co-Chair on Integrated Health Care Models Interim Committee Along with Rogers and Taylor

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Over the last two days, Representative Linda Miller served as the co-chair of the Integrated Health Care Models interim study committee.  Joining Rep. Miller were House Republican Representatives Walt Rogers and Rob Taylor.

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Click here to read about the committee’s duties and responsibilities.

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Integrated Health Care Models Study Committee Meets Tomorrow and Wednesday

The committee is tasked with several goals, including:

  • Review and make recommendations for the formation and operation of integrated care models in Iowa; review integrated care models adopted in other states that integrate both clinical services and nonclinical community and social supports utilizing patient-centered medical homes and community care teams
  • Recommend the best means of incorporating into integrated care models nonprofit and public providers that care for vulnerable populations
  • Review and make recommendations regarding development and implementation of a statewide medical home infrastructure to act as the foundation for integrated care models
  • Review opportunities under the federal Affordable Care Act for development of integrated care models
  • Address consumer protection, governance, performance standards, data reporting, health information exchange, patient attribution, and regulation issues relative to integrated care models
  • Perform other duties specified in the legislation

In addition, the committee will serve as a legislative advisory council on multipayer health care delivery systems to guide the development by the Department of Human Services of Iowa’s design model and implementation plan for the State Innovation Models Initiative Grant awarded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The study committee may request that legislative leaders authorize supplementing the study committee membership to ensure there is a comprehensive review process and adequate stakeholder participation.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 am in Room 103 at the Iowa State Capitol.  The Wednesday meeting will be held at 9:00 am, also in Room 103.

Click here to see the committee membership.

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Elder Abuse Prevention and Intervention Study Committee Meets Tomorrow

The committee will monitor the progress of, and provide direction to, the Task Force on Elder Abuse Prevention and Intervention created pursuant to 2012 Iowa Acts, chapter 1056, and continued pursuant to 2013 Iowa Acts, SF 446, §50. The study committee shall review the task force progress report and approve the final report of the task force and shall submit the committee’s recommendations and a final report to the General Assembly following completion of the committee’s work.

The meeting will be held at 10:00 am in Room 103 of the Iowa State Capitol.

Click here to see committee membership.

Click here to see the committee’s agenda.

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NBC News Investigation: Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance

A recent NBC News investigation has revealed that 50-75% of the 14 million consumers that buy health insurance plans on the open market, can expect to have their coverage cancelled.  And President Obama knew this.

Back in 2009, President Obama said “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” and continued to repeat this even into 2012.  After this new report, its obvious that this is not true.

Reminder:  Back in February of 2011, the Iowa House voted to reassert our 10th Amendment Rights in response to the passage of Obamacare in 2010.  House File 111 asserts that Iowans have the right to make their own health care choices and no law may override those rights.  House Republicans supported HF 111.  House Democrats opposed it.

To see a list of the Democrats that voted against HF 111 in 2011, click here to see the House Journal.

Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance

From NBC News

By Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

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Mental Health and Disability Services Redesign Fiscal Viability Study Committee Meets Today

The Legislative Council continued this committee from the 2012 Interim with a new charge. In addition to monitoring implementation of the mental health and disability services redesign and receiving reports from stakeholder groups engaged in implementation of the redesign, the study committee shall propose a permanent approach for state, county, and regional financing of the redesign and identify potential cost savings and service improvements that may be realized by working with community-based corrections services and other programs and services that address common needs or populations (2013 Iowa Acts, SF 452, §184). The study committee shall also study the provisions for implementing mental health and disability service Medicaid offset amounts and repayments by counties relating to the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan. The study committee shall consider the potential effects of the repayment provisions on the ability of the mental health and disability service regions to adequately fund the initial core services and additional core services and to make recommendations to address funding insufficiencies (2013 Iowa Acts, SF 446, §181).

The meeting will be held at 10:00 AM in Room 116 at the State Capitol.

Click here to see the committee membership.

Click here to view the committee’s agenda.

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Health Insurance Exchanges Open Today

Beginning today, Iowans can begin enrolling for health care coverage on the online health insurance marketplace by visiting www.HealthCare.gov.

Thanks to a policy imposed by Washington D.C., Iowans are seeing premium increases of 277%!  According to recent reports from the US Department of Health & Human Services and The US Government Accountability Office, prior to Obamacare the average premium for a young male was $36.83 per month.  Under Obamacare that premium will increase to $139 per month (a jump of $102)!

Democrats have tried to spin this reality by pointing to this week’s report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and saying that prices are lower than projected. Note that they’re saying “lower than projected” but not “lower.” They’re distracting from the important point: prices are more expensive than they are right now in the states included in the HHS report.

Click here to see how ObamaCare is increasing premiums in other states…

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Administration Delays Key ObamaCare Insurance Mandate

From Fox News

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it is delaying a major provision in the health care overhaul, putting off until 2015 a requirement that many employers offer health insurance.

The announcement was made late Tuesday by the Treasury Department, at the beginning of the holiday week while Congress was on recess. It comes amid reports that the administration is running into roadblocks as it prepares to implement ObamaCare.

The change in the employer mandate is arguably the most significant concession the administration has made to date.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., a critic of the law, seized on the delay as a “clear admission” that the law is “unaffordable, unworkable and unpopular.”

“It’s also a cynical political ploy to delay the coming train wreck associated with ObamaCare until after the 2014 elections,” he said.

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Notable Bills Effective July 1, 2013

The following is a list of notable bills that will be going into effect on July 1st.

Click here to see a PDF version of this list.

Appropriations

Items of Note Going into Effect on July 1 in Senate File 452:

Iowa Tuition Grants The state will increase the maximum amount a student at Iowa’s private colleges and universities can receive from $4000 to $5000 per year.

Training for Certain Community-based Care Training for providers of Medicaid-funded in-home and community-based care will be covered by Medicaid as a direct cost for the first time.  Previously, care providers had to absorb the cost of training.

Sex Offender Exclusion Zone State law will make it illegal for a sex offender to operate, manage, be employed by, or act as a contractor or volunteer at a business that operates an ice cream truck.

School Employee Background Checks Iowa law will now require all school employees to undergo a check of the sex offender registry, child abuse registry, and the dependent adult abuse registry prior to being hired.  For current employees, the section requires a school district to establish a policy which would require these employees to undergo the record check at least every five years after their date of hire.

If a current employee is found to be on one of the registries, that would be grounds for suspension pending a termination hearing by the school board.

Motor Vehicle Fee Equity For new electric cars titled with the state on or after July 1, the registration fee shall be based as it is for all other vehicle types, on the gross weight of the car.  This replaces the flat $25 annual fee that was previous law.

State Support for the Iowa Special OIympics The state will increase its financial support for this program from $50,000 to $100,000 annually.

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