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Bill Number: HF604
Title: Language Development for Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Children
Description:

Requires the development of a resource for parents/guardians of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  Adds language development milestones and options for parental involvement. Requires the Department of Education to make recommendations in the development of these resources and milestones, contingent upon funding. Takes effect July 1, 2022.

Status: Signed
Category: Education
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: HF2167
Title: Autism Definition
Description:

Defines autism spectrum disorder as a mental health disorder which meets certain criteria. Takes effect July 1, 2022.

Status: Signed
Category: Mental Health
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: HF2171
Title: Nursing Facility Reimbursements
Description:

Authorizes the DHS to release nursing facility rates prior to receiving federal approval and to retroactively adjust rates as needed. Takes effect July 1, 2022.

Status: Signed
Category: Medicaid
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: HF2202
Title: DHS Reporting Changes
Description:

Makes changes to DHS reporting (eliminates DHS quarterly reports on the savings from the Medicaid Preferred Drug list, making them annual; changes date for reporting the average amount spent on eligible individuals for the HCBS/BI and HCBS/Elderly waivers from October 1 to December 30). Takes effect July 1, 2022.

Status: Signed
Category: Medicaid
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: HF2252
Title: DHS Department Bill
Description:

Currently a parent can only receive state child care assistance if they are temporarily disabled. This bill allows a parent to receive child care assistance if they have a permanent disability. The bill also allows a child to remain in foster care until age 21 and allows continued payment (currently 18). Finally, the bill allows DHS to share information about starting a dependent adult abuse investigation with banks and other financial institutions if the person's finances are at risk. You can read the DHS memo on this bill here. Takes effect July 1, 2022.

Status: Signed
Category: Other
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: HF2259
Title: Vehicle Registration/Parking Permits
Description:

Authorizes physical therapists to provide the required statement in order for a person with a disability to get special vehicle registration plates and parking permits. Takes effect July 1, 2022.

Status: Signed
Category: Professional Licensing/Scope of Practice
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: HF2298
Title: COVID-19 Immunization Requirements
Description:

Prohibits requiring COVID-19 immunization to enroll in a childcare center or school. Takes effect July 1, 2022.

Status: Signed
Category: Public Health
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: HF2317
Title: Tax Reform
Description:

The House, Senate and Governor's compromise tax reform bill, as amended by S-5022 on 2/24/2022

Division 1 - Allows an employer owner of certain qualified corporations one lifetime exclusion from capital gains tax from the sale of capital stock.  Phases in a full exemption of such sales over three years.

Divisions 2 & 3 - Retired Farmer provisions allowing for lease income to be excluded from income tax as well as capital gains.

Divisions 4 & 5 – Phases in a flat state income tax of 3.9% over three years.   Under current law, the top tax rate of 8.53% in calendar year (CY) 2022 was set to fall to 6.5% in CY2023.  The bill would set the top rate at 6% in CY2023, 5.7% in CY2024, 4.82% in CY 2025, and lock in 3.9% in CY 2026 and subsequent years.  All other brackets are reduced in a similar fashion until a 3.9% flat income tax exists for all taxpayers in CY2026. 

Division 6 - Excludes retirement income from individual income tax, starting 1/1/2023.

Division 7 – Research Activities Tax Credit – Phases in a 50% reduction in refundability over 5 years. 

Division 8 – Phases in a 25% reduction in refundability over 5 years of the following tax credits: Assistive Device, Historic Preservation, Redevelopment, Supplemental Research Activities, and Third-Party Developer.  Requires the IEDA to prioritize the Research Activities Tax Credit. Prohibits any new issuances of the Geothermal Heat Pump Tax Credit after 12/31/2022.  Limits the maximum tax credit dollar amount for the Endow Iowa Tax Credit to $100,000 per year (from 5% of the currently authorized $6 million). 

Divisions 9 & 10 – Reduces corporate income tax rates over a period of years to 5.5%.  This is done by setting a baseline of $700 million in revenues and every year (starting in CY 2023) reducing the top corporate rate to a percentage that yields that same $700 million in revenues.

Division 11 – Repeals the Tax Expenditure Committee as of 7/1/2022 and transfers that oversight to departments responsible for each tax credit.

Division 12 – Makes changes to the Taxpayer Relief Fund to establish criteria for when automatic transfers occur to the General Fund, starting in FY 2024. 

Status: Signed
Category: Tax
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: HF2384
Title: Pharmacy Benefits Managers
Description:

Requires a Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) to act in good faith and notify insurers of any ownership interests and conflicts by prohibiting unfair competition and deceptive practices. Exempts DHS, Iowa Medicaid and Iowa's children's health insurance plan (hawk-I), Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs), Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, and multiple employer welfare arrangements from these changes.  Prohibits a PBM from contacting a covered person without the insurer's written permission. Continues to allow PBMs to require drug substitutions, but if the substituted drug is more expensive to the patient or insurer, the substitution can only be required for medical reasons that benefit the patient and must be prior-approved by the prescribing health care professional. PBMs are not allowed to make substitutions if the prescription prohibits substitution. Prohibits PBMs from adding charges to pharmacies for participating in the network (performance-based fees, network participation fees, claim processing fees, accreditation fees).  Prohibits charging a person (through copays or other cost sharing arrangements) more for a prescription than the pharmacy is reimbursed. Prohibits PBMs from stopping a pharmacist from telling a patient about (or filling a prescription for) a lower-cost drug. Includes restrictions on placing a drug on the Maximum Allowable Cost list (drug must be therapeutically and pharmaceutically equivalent in the most recent FDA approved drug manual, drug is not obsolete or temporarily unavailable, drug can be purchased at any pharmacy licensed in the state without limitations).  PBMs must make the Maximum Allowable Cost list available to all in-network pharmacies, update the list within seven days of a price increase of 10% or more (or a change in methodology),  and provide a reasonable process for in-network pharmacies to be promptly notified of changes to the list.  Prohibits a PBM from paying a pharmacy less for filling a prescription drug than it pays PBM affiliates. Defines "clean claims" and does not allow a price reduction after a clean claim has been submitted (except if fraudulent, found not to be a clean claim, or was a duplicate claim).  Makes PBMs subject to all insurance laws regarding prior authorization. Allows the Insurance Commissioner to adopt rules and enforce them (but does not require). Gives the Insurance Division emergency rule making authority.  Makes the provisions severable if there is a court challenge. Takes effect June 13, 2022. 

Status: Signed
Category: Prescription Drugs
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: HF2390
Title: DHS Omnibus - Foster Care/Child Advocacy
Description:

Makes provisions related to foster care and the child advocacy board to bring state into compliance with Families First. Takes effect July 1, 2022.

Status: Signed
Category: Child Welfare
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: HF2546
Title: Tiered Psychiatric Reimbursements
Description:

Requires DHS to implement a tiered reimbursement methodology for Medicaid psychiatric intensive inpatient care (based on the complexity of the patient's needs) by January 1, 2023.  Takes effect July 1, 2022.

Status: Signed
Category: Mental Health
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: HF2549
Title: Mental Health Provider Loan Repayment
Description:

Establishes a mental health practitioner loan repayment program for licensed non-prescribing master's and doctorate level mental health professionals (including psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage/family therapists).  The award amounts will be $8,000 annually up to $40,000 total. Practitioners must agree to serve full time (defined at 70% of a 40-hour work week) for five years in a federal mental health shortage area.  Note that all but a few counties in Iowa are now considered shortage areas - only Polk/Dallas/Warren, Pottawattamie/Mills, Johnson/Linn, and Scott counties are not eligible. Priority is given to Iowa program graduates and agreements are entered into during the final year of study.  The bill does allows for a change to part-time practice in these shortage areas, but the term under the contract would be increased to seven years. Eligible loans for repayment include Stafford, federal direct loan program, federal grad plus loans, or Perkins loans (principal and interest; allows for reimbursement also for those that refinanced these loans for lower interest rates). Reports on use of the program are due each year on January 1. Appropriations for the program ($520,000) are in the Education Budget (HF 2575).  Takes effect July 1, 2022.

Status: Signed
Category: Workforce
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: HF2559
Title: Justice Systems Budget
Description:

Spends $623.3 million (increase of $11.2 million) on various justice-related agencies and programs, including the Attorney General, Department of Corrections, and Department of Public Safety, for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022 (FY23). Also spends another $18.4 million from other funds, an increase of $50,000.  Attorney General: Increases funding for salaries by $168,861 and adds $202,060 to improve cybersecurity. No change in funding or language for victim assistance grants ($5,016,708).  No change in funding for the Office of Consumer Advocate. Department of Corrections: Increases funding for prisons ($16.8 million) and community based corrections ($6.1 million). Adds $8.6 million to pay for increased cost of pharmaceuticals at Oakdale and increases funding for county confinement $112,684 to pay for the increased cost of holding parole and work release violators. Increase of $24,333 for Civil Rights Commission (total $1.3 million), $30,179 for Criminal Juvenile Justice Planning (total $1.3 million), and $19,075 for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (total $1.2 million). No change in funding for Office to Combat Human Trafficking ($201,000) and Scott County grant to deter juvenile delinquency through early intervention ($140,000).  Other: Increases contract attorney fees by $3/hour in the public defender's office ($629,383 added to pay for this increase). Creates a Juvenile Justice Improvement Fund for savings from Title IV-E (Families First) would be deposited and used for investment in child welfare services. Adds new funding for a Wellness Coordinator in the Department of Public Safety ($119,184). Detail can be found at: www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/NOBA/1291278.pdf.

Status: Signed
Category: Budgets
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: HF2575
Title: Education Budget
Description:

Appropriates $992.9 million for the Department of Education, College Student Aid Commission, Department for the Blind, and state universities, for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022 (FY23).  This is an increase of $20.5 million. College Student Aid Commission: No change in funding for the Health Care Professional Recruitment Program ($500,973), which as amended this year includes ARNPs, nurses, physicians, physician assistants, podiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, and athletic trainers. Increases funding for Rural Primary Care Loan Repayment Program by $780,431 for physicians practicing in rural areas ($2.5 million total), Health Care Loan Repayment Program by $250,000 for ARNPs, nurses, nurse-educators, and physician assistants ($500,000 total), and the Future Ready Iowa Last Dollar Scholarship Program by $922,261 ($23.9 million total). Adds new appropriation for the Mental Health Practitioner Loan Repayment Program if HF 2549 is enacted ($520,000).  Department of Education: Increases funding for vocational rehabilitation by $120,000 to draw down more federal funds (total $6.1 million), Jobs for America's Graduates/iJAG by $3.5 million to expand into more schools ($8.1 million total), Best Buddies by $10,000 to expand into more schools ($35,000 total), school-based children's mental health training through AEAs by $200,000 ($3.8 million total), community colleges by $6.5 million ($221.7 million total), state universities by $5.5 million ($486 million total), Iowa School for the Deaf by $300,000 to reflect 2.5% growth in school funding ($11.1 million total), Iowa Braille & Sight Saving School by $113,552 to reflect 2.5% growth in school funding ($4.7 million total), and Therapeutic Classroom Incentive Fund by $725,307 ($2.4 million total). Eliminates funding for Iowa Public Radio ($345,669) and cuts funding to the Iowa Reading Research Center by $950,176 ($600,000 total). No change in funding for Iowa libraries, Early Childhood Iowa/School Ready Grants, community college infrastructure, and therapeutic classroom transportation. No change in distribution of the Skilled Worker & Jobs Creation Fund.  Other: Increases Department for the Blind by $112,779. Makes technical changes to the Iowa Geologic Survey. Prioritizes grants for therapeutic classrooms (first priority is continuation of current grants, second priority is for those that are collaborating and partnering with one or more schools/AEAs). Makes changes in funding distribution for charter schools (requires the per pupil calculations for charter school students who were not counted in the district of residence enrollment to be paid by the Department of Education directly to the charter schools instead of being paid by the student’s school district of residence; requires the per pupil calculations for charter school students who were counted in the district of residence enrollment to be paid by the Department of Education directly to the charter schools for the school year (with the amount paid deducted from the payments to the district of residence in the following year; requires the school district of residence to pay to a charter school the actual costs of providing appropriate special education as itemized and delivered to the district by the charter school on or before February 15 and July 15 of each year).  Takes effect July 1, 2022. Charter school changes take effect upon enactment. More information at: www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/NOBA/1291312.pdf.

Status: Signed
Category: Budgets
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: HF2578
Title: Health & Human Services Budget
Description:

Appropriates $2.1 billion to the Departments on Aging, Public Health, Human Services and Veterans Affairs for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022 (FY23). This is an increase of $20.7 million (less than 1%).  Aging: No change in funding for the Office of Public Guardian, the Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman, or other aging programs except an increase of $600,000 to expand the Return to Community Pilot Project to help keep older Iowans in their homes longer ($850,000 total).  Public Health:  No change in funding, except to add $200,000 for two more rural psychiatric residencies (six total).  Continues earmarked funding at current levels (including SafeNetRx, rural health clinics, free clinics, dental programs, caregivers, psychologist internships, specialty care access, PA/ARNP mental health training, public health workforce initiatives, SART training). Includes transfer of funds from Sports Wagering Fund to substance use and gambling treatment fund to maintain current funding ($1.75 million).  Federal Grants (TANF): No change in funding for child abuse prevention grants ($125,000), pregnancy prevention grants ($1.9 million), and childcare ($47.2 million). No change in state funding for childcare ($40.8 million). Human Services/Medicaid: Increases Medicaid funding by $6.3 million ($1.5 billion total); $1,339,971 to increase Intermediate Care Facility serving individuals with  Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID) to increase wages of direct care staff; $1,777,082 to provide incentives for rural home health providers (the rate structure is to include a telehealth component to incentivize supervision of skilled care without additional travel time); $3 million to increase PMIC/BHIS (behavioral health intervention services at Psychiatric Medical Institutions for Children); and $385,000 increase for applied behavior analysis (ABA) rate increases. No increase for residential substance use treatment provider rates. Requires development of psychiatric tiered rates. Makes functional family and multi systemic therapy a covered Medicaid service.   The following items are no longer included in the Medicaid budget, but have been shifted to federal COVID-relief (ARPA) funds: increase $14.7 million for HCBS provider rates (including habilitation, consumer choice option, consumer-directed attendant care) to be used to increase direct support staff wages; increase of $7.4 million to take another 250 individuals off the HCBS/Intellectual Disability waiver waiting list; and the costs associated with adding functional family and multi-systemic therapy to Medicaid ($200,000).  Human Services/Health Programs: Cuts funding for the Autism Support Program by $385,000 to reflect actual utilization (total $188,000). Increases funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (hawk-I) by $704,045 to cover anticipated need (total $38.7 million). Human Services/Child Welfare: Increases shelter care rates by $649,029 and rates for Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP, previously group care) by $3,850,718. No change in reimbursement for juvenile detention, and increases funding for the Eldora State Training School by $209,803 (total $17.6 million).  Human Services/Institutions: Increases funding for Cherokee MHI by $156,000, Independence MHI by $137,000, Glenwood State Resource Center by $1.5 million, and Woodward State Resource Center by $1.2 million (most to replace enhanced federal match during COVID public health emergency). Increases funding for the Civil Commitment Unit by $248,000 for a new transition ward and staff. Other Funding: Increases DHS field operations funding by $5.3 million to hire 50 new staff to lower caseloads. Continues $800,000 appropriation for nursing home renovation and construction (previously funded through the Infrastructure budget).  New Programs: Adds $500,000 for a new MOMS (More Options for Maternal Support) program, which provides grants to non-profits to provide a broad range of services and supports for pregnant women and new moms (a program administrator will be selected to give out and monitor compliance of grants).  Requires DHS to review data on postpartum coverage and report back to the Legislature by December 15, 2022 (number of people receiving postpartum service's services utilized, costs of services, and information on the number of states providing Medicaid postpartum coverage beyond 60 days, related costs, and data on 12-month postpartum coverage). Adds $1.2 million to create a new Psychiatry Residency Program to add 12 psychiatry residencies at state institutions (MHIs, state resource centers, Eldora, Oakdale). Other Changes: Clarifies that federal public health emergency rules trump administrative rules; adds language allowing the merge of the Departments of Public Health and Human Services to move forward (new name "Department of Health and Human Services") and specifies transition period powers and duties (initial transition plan due 9/30/2022);  repeals the non-state government-owned nursing facility quality of care rate add-on program; allows funds for the audiological services and hearing aids for children to carry forward (the $156,000 appropriation made for the current fiscal year is not expected to be fully used); updates the definition of "intellectual disability" in Iowa Code and amends requirements for admission or transfer to a state MHI of a person with an intellectual disability (only the DHS director or the MHI can determine if the person is eligible and if they have the capacity to serve the person appropriately); exempts Medicaid and hawk-I programs from insurance mandates, unless they are specifically directed to comply; updates MH/DS Region requirements and clarifies that a single-county region must be in compliance with all regional requirements; prohibits insurance companies from excluding out-of-state telehealth companies from their networks if the professionals providing the service are licensed in Iowa; changes major renovation threshold for nursing homes from $1.5 million to $750,000; adds the replacement of HVAC to the criteria under which a nursing facility may request instant rate relief; restricts the State Auditor from accessing an individual's name and address from a reportable disease report; and requires state and local agency employees accessing personally identifiable data in reportable disease reports to have undergone data confidentiality training. Takes effect July 1, 2022. Telehealth provider insurance mandates take effect upon enactment. More detail at: www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/NOBA/1291281.pdf.

Status: Signed
Category: Budgets
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: HF2579
Title: Infrastructure/RIIF Budget
Description:

Appropriates $175.1 million from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund (RIIF) and Technology Reinvestment Fund (TRF), for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022 (FY23).   RIIF and TRF are funded with revenues generated from gambling. No Change: Maintains funding for water quality initiative ($8.2 million total, $3 million of which was shifted from general fund), Great Places ($1 million), State Housing Trust Fund ($3 million), regional sports authority districts ($500,000), ChildServe improvements ($750,000), lakes ($9.6 million), public transit ($1.5 million), commercial airports ($1.9 million), and sports tourism marketing ($1.5 million).  Increases: Increases funding for the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program by $7 million ($10 million total), Community Attractions & Tourism grants by $5 million ($10 million total), Sports Tourism by $10.5 million ($12 million total), state parks by $3 million ($5 million total), water trails by $500,000 ($1.5 million total), recreational trails by $1 million ($2.5 million total), and railroad revolving loan and grant fund by $1 million ($2 million total).  New Funding: Adds new appropriations for On With Life outpatient therapy center construction ($1 million), Nitrogen Modeling System ($1 million), National Junior Olympics held in Des Moines ($150,000), State Fair barn renovation ($6 million in FY23, $6 million in FY24), and enhancement of DIA's health facilities database ($250,000). Other Changes:  Limits state share of the costs to furnish a renovated or new courtroom, office, or courthouse to 75%. Makes buildings purchased by counties from the federal government eligible for funding from the Vacant Building Demolition Fund and the Vacant Building Rehabilitation Fund, with priority to those who have not already received funds from these programsRequires the Department of Transportation to establish a DART advisory committee to explore funding options that are an alternative to raising property taxes (recommendations 12/15/2022). Sports Tourism: Changes the name of the Sports Tourism Program to the Sports Tourism Marketing and Infrastructure Program, and allows infrastructure projects to get money under the program. Projects already receiving reimbursement under a sales tax rebate or in a reinvestment district are ineligible for this new funding. Funds are awarded only after financing for a project is secured and documented, and the applicant can demonstrate city, county, or private match. Take effect July 1, 2022. Changes to the vacant building funds take effect upon enactment.  More details can be found at: www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/NOBA/1291281.pdf

 

Status: Signed
Category: Budgets
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: SF463
Title: Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact
Description:

Adopts the interstate occupational therapy licensure compact that establishes a system whereby occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants licensed to practice in one member state may practice in another member state under a compact privilege without applying for a license in that state. Takes effect July 1, 2022.

Status: Signed
Amendments: H-1420
Category: Professional Licensing/Scope of Practice
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: SF513
Title: MH/SA Police Report Confidentiality
Description:

Makes law enforcement crisis response reports about a person experiencing a mental health crisis, substance-related disorder crisis, or housing crisis confidential (but allows them to be shared with health professionals caring for the person). Takes effect July 1, 2022.

Status: Signed
Category: Mental Health
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: SF2197
Title: Special Education Task Force
Description:

Directs the Department of Education to establish a special education support task force to ensure students in nonpublic schools get their federally-required special education services, supports, and resources. Takes effect July 1, 2022.

Status: Signed
Category: Education
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: SF2345
Title: Newborn Genetic Screening
Description:

Names a new "Congenital and Inherited Disorders Advisory Committee" to help make sure Iowans have access to quality genetic health care services and to help pick the conditions that will be included in all newborn screenings.  The Governor will pick the members of this committee, but it must include both genetic experts and parents.  By January 1, 2022, the committee is to make sure all federally-recommended conditions are included in newborn screening panels (and will make a decision to include any new conditions within 12 months of the federal government making the recommendation). The committee will report back to the Legislature at the end of every year (December 31).  Takes effect July 1, 2022.

Status: Signed
Category: Child Welfare
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: SF2367
Title: Sales Tax Updates
Description:

Allows combined sales/use tax receipts, changes quarterly reporting and filings to monthly, and makes other process changes.  Exempts diapers (both children and adults, cloth and disposable) and feminine hygiene products from sales tax, effective 1/1/2023.  Removes the sales tax exemption for computers and associated technology used for processing and storage of data or information by a business, financial institution, or insurance company.  Makes changes to the distribution of revenue to local governments and school districts (instead of August 15 each year, monthly on the last day of the month).  Adjusts process for the Iowa Economic Development Authority to adjust sales and use tax refund incentives, requires applications be made within a year of the project's completion date, allows a business to claim a tax credit on third party developer expenses in lieu of a sales and use tax refund.  Makes changes to the workforce housing tax incentive program by allowing a housing business to claim a sales and use tax refund prior to completion of a project if included in the contract and costs are directly related to the project (and outlines process to do so; effective upon enactment). Reduces the franchise tax over five years: tax years 2023 (4.7%), 2024 (4.4%), 2025 (4.1%), 2026 (3.8%), and 2027 and beyond (3.5%). Amends the manufactured food sales tax exemption to include food ingredients (effective 1/1/2019).  Changes motor fuel reporting by allowing required electronic filings and establishing penalties.  Allows solar installations completed before 2022 and denied because the tax credit expired to be appealed if filed before June 30, 2022. There is no cap on the solar tax credits to be awarded (effective upon enactment).  Exempts Governor's $1,000 pandemic retention bonuses given to peace officers, teachers, childcare workers and correctional officers from income tax (effective upon enactment). Takes effect July 1, 2022.

Status: Signed
Category: Tax
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: SF2383
Title: Governor's Workforce Bill
Description:

Division 1 (Inspections): Prohibits a city or county from requiring the inspection of a manufactured home that has met HUD inspection requirements and its construction has met federal construction and safety standards. Division 2 (Work-Based Learning): Requires schools to annual report student work-based learning participation (registered apprenticeships, internships, pre-apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and projects through the Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning) and requires the certification of work-based learning program supervisor by the Board of Educational Examiners. Division 3 (Health Care Workforce Recruitment): Eliminates the Iowa residency requirement for the Rural Primary Care Loan Repayment Program, adds neurology to the list of eligible physician specialties, and allows for part-time practice in a rural area (defined as 70% of a 40-hour workweek). Allows ARNPs and nurses to be eligible for the Health Care Professional Recruitment Program (currently limited to PAs, physical therapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, athletic trainers, physicians), and allows loan repayments for community college tuition.  Renames the Health Care Loan Repayment Program to the "Health Care Award Program," converting from a loan repayment program to a direct financial award (professional eligible remain the same - ARNPs, registered nurses, nurse-educators, and PAs). Allows part-time nurse educators to be eligible for an award, as long as they are also practicing as a nurse or ARNP.  Division 4 (Military Professional Licensure): Expedites the professional licensing of active duty military and their spouses and removes additional examinations and provides for temporary licensure. Waives initial application fee and one renewal fee for honorably or generally discharged veterans (rules for this must be adopted by each licensing board before January 11, 2023). Division 5 (Hunting & Fishing Licenses): Creates an annual Armed Forces Fishing License (or hunting/fishing combination license) for any Iowa resident who was active duty armed forces (fee not to exceed $5).  Division 6 (Veteran Driver's Licenses & Parking Fees): Waives driver license fees for certain veterans and active duty military members. Exempts veteran plates from city parking meters or city-owned parking lots.  Division 7 (Insurance): Allows temporary licenses for insurers moving into the state. More information can be found at: www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/FN/1289619.pdf.   Takes effect July 1, 2022.  

Status: Signed
Category: Health Care
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
Bill Number: SF 2385
Title: Administration/Regulation Budget
Description:

Appropriates $50.1 million to various state agencies for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022 (FY23).  This is a decrease of $99.5 million (most of this is attributed to elimination of $100 million in one-time broadband grants).  Adds some funds for cybersecurity for banking and credit unions ($100,000) and increases funding for Insurance Commissioner to address more complaints from older Iowans after passage of financial exploitation legislation ($45,000) and enforce pharmaceutical benefit manager (PBM) compliance if HF 2384 is signed into law ($200,000).  Adds $318,900 to health facilities division to begin to clear backlog in inspections created during pandemic.  No change in funding for the Office on the Status of Women, Office of Persons with Disabilities, Office of Deaf Services, and other Department of Human Rights divisions.  Takes effect July 1, 2022. More detail at: www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/NOBA/1291283.pdf.

Status: Signed
Category: Budgets
Recent Action:
Client's Position: Track
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