Medicaid Listening Posts and Agenda for July 26 Iowa Senate Committee Meeting on Medicaid

Upcoming listening posts on Iowa Medicaid privatization in Cedar Falls, Marshalltown, Council Bluffs
and Charles City.

These meetings are, in part, preparation for the full Iowa Senate Human Resources Committee meeting
on July 26.  The focus at the Statehouse meeting will be the problems Iowa families and health care
providers have due to Medicaid privatization.

NOTE: Some 200 Iowa Medicaid providers have completed the provider survey at  This information will help inform discussions at the
upcoming committee meeting.  Please encourage your members to complete it.

Questions: Please contact Rusty Martin, Rusty.Martin@legis.iowa.gov515-418-8709

1)    Agenda for the July 26 meeting of the Senate Human Resources Committee
Room 116 of the Iowa Statehouse, Livestreamed at 

10:00 am - Welcome
10:15 am - Managed care implementation status. DHS/IME
11:00 am - Hear from providers
11:45 am - Lunch break
12:30 pm - Hear from consumers, advocates
1:15 pm   - MCOs and DHS/IME provide update and respond to concerns and answer questions
2:30 pm   - Adjourn

2)    Details on local meetings:

July 12 in Marshalltown: Sen. Steve Sodders & House Leader Mark Smith

Tues, July 12, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Marshalltown Community College, Room 608
3700 S Center St, Marshalltown

July 13 in Cedar Falls: Sen. Jeff Danielson & Sen. Liz Mathis
Wed, July 13, 4:00-5:30 PM
Cedar Falls Community Center
528 Main St, Cedar Falls
Confirmed MCO participation: United Healthcare and Amerigroup

July 18 in Council Bluffs: Sen. Mike Gronstal
Mon, July 18, 4 to 5:30 PM
Council Bluffs Senior Center
714 S Main St, Council Bluffs
Confirmed MCO participation: Amerigroup and United Healthcare

July 21 in Charles City: Sen. Mary Jo Wilhelm, Sen. Amanda Ragan and Rep. Todd Prichard
Thurs, July 21, 1 to 2:30 PM
Room 108, North Area Iowa Community College Charles City Center
200 Harwood Drive, Charles City
Confirmed MCO participation: United Healthcare and and Amerigroup

August 3 in Waukon: Sen. Joe Bolkcom and Rep. Patti Ruff
Wed, August 3, 10 AM
Community Room, Robey Memorial Library
401 1st Ave NW, Waukon

August 3 in West Union: Sen. Joe Bolkcom
Wed, August 3, 2 – 4 PM
West Union Community Library, ICN Room
210 N Vine St, West Union

Ask your Senator to Co-Sponsor the Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act!

Occupational therapists are currently prohibited from conducting the initial assessment in the home health setting. The Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act, introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Dean Heller (R-NV), fixes this imbalance among therapy services and allows Occupational Therapists to conduct the initial assessment visit for Medicare home health cases where OT is ordered by the physician alongside a qualifying service and is exclusively related to rehabilitation.

Nearly one in five occupational therapists work in home health as their primary or secondary setting, and this bi-partisan legislation puts occupational therapy on more equal footing in the home health setting. It also ensures that Medicare beneficiaries receive timely access to care from the most appropriate rehabilitation professional.

Occupational therapists are well qualified to perform the initial assessment. Their unique training, focused on functional capabilities, identifying home safety issues, and expertise in establishing routines to maximize patient compliance with the plan of care has long made them valued members of the home health care experience.

Your voice is a critical part of elevating the status of occupational therapy in the home health setting and beyond.

Please take time to email your Senators today and ask them to co-sponsor the Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act!
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Drake University White Coat Ceremony

The Faculty and staff of Drake University invite you to change the world for a first year occupational therapy doctoral student by becoming a white coat sponsor and mentor. These students begin their
professional journey during our annual White Coat Ceremony, held on Friday, September 16, 2016, at 3 p.m.  

The significance of the ceremony with our students, they shared that one of the most important moments is when they cross the stage to don their white coats for the first time and hear the name of the
professional who sponsored them as they began their journey. They are inspired by the generous donors from the Drake community who make this special event possible.  

We hope that you will celebrate your connection to Drake’s community and these future fellow health care professionals by supporting our White Coat Sponsorship and Professional Travel campaign. For every gift
of $50 made by July 15, 2016, a card with your name will be inserted into the pocket of a white coat to let a student know of your support. In addition, you will be announced as the student’s white coat sponsor
and recognized in the event program. Donations beyond $50 will be used to support students as they continue in their professional journey by attending state, regional, and national professional meetings.   

We appreciate your consideration of this simple, yet profound way to make a difference for students as they begin the journey to become health care professionals. On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff
of our University and the communities they serve, thank you.  

The link to donate White coat(s) for entering OTD students at Drake is: 


Join IOTA. IOTA is a member-driven organization and relies on the members to operate.  Your membership dues are used to provide a fall conference, employing a lobbyist to protect consumers and the profession, scholarships, communication through website and newsletters, and encourages networking and professional growth.

Go to the Membership Page to join or renew today (credit cards accepted).



Click on the Education page to see if you are eligible for one of the two scholarship applications awarded annually by IOTA. Deadline is July 15, 2016.