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The last legislative deadline (called a "funnel") hit on Friday, March 11.  Bills that didn't make it through one chamber and out of committee in the other chamber by that time will see no further action.  Some of the bills that didn't make the cut include:

  • Expansion of medical marijuana (cannabis) laws.
  • Autism insurance mandates (coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis).
  • Medicaid managed care organization requirements to cover speech therapy for kids (as hawk-i program does now).
  • Ending Medicaid managed care contracts.
  • Medicaid managed care program integrity and oversight.
  • Efforts to address concussions and brain injuries at high school sporting events.

There were several other bills that did make the deadline, and can now be discussed anytime between now and the end of session (scheduled for April 19).  These include:

  • Strategies to address mental health worker shortage by allowing appropriately trained psychologists to prescribe.
  • Stopping disability parking abuses by replacing non-expiring placards with renwable (every 5 years) placards.
  • Patient safety legislation to allow exchange of mental health information for care coordination.
  • Supported employment provider rate increases.
  • Regulations that could drive Uber (and other social network transportation companies) out of Iowa.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette has a great list of the bills that survived the funnel, and those that did not. Click here for that list.  You can look at bills we flagged for our readers in the INFONET Bill Tracker.