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You can see the most current status of bills we are tracking in our infoNET Bill Tracker.  Updates are made daily.  Right now, here is a list of bills that are safe from the March 31 deadline - and those that need to make more progress to remain alive.

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The following bills have been signed into law:

HF305 - Biological Products - Allows pharmacists to substitute an interchangeable biological product, rather than the product named in the prescription.

SF130 – Deappropriation Bill - Cuts appropriations for the current fiscal year (FY2017) by $88 million and increases revenues by capping business tax credits (saving $25 million).

The following bills have made enough progress that they are safe from the March 31 funnel deadline, or they are in a committee that is exempt from the deadline.  They are all eligible for debate until session ends.

HF215- Autism Treatment Coverage (Senate Floor with Companion SF400) Requires health insurance plans cover applied behavior analysis for autism treatment.

HF240 - Regenerative Medicine Research Tax Credit (House Ways & Means Committee) Gives a tax credit for contributions to an Iowa regenerative medicine research institution.

HF444 - Genetic Counselor Licensing (House Ways & Means Committee) Requires licensure for genetic counselors.

HF487 & SF465 - Medical Malpractice (Senate & House Floors) Caps non-economic (pain & suffering) damage awards, limits legal fees, makes changes to expert witnesses, and requires evidence-based medical practice guidelines in medical malpractice claims.

HF516 - Voter ID (Senate Floor with companion SF 474) Requires Iowans to show ID to vote, makes changes to voter registration and absentee voting law, creates a loan program to help counties pay for conversion to electronic poll books, requires post-election audits, and eliminates straight-party voting.

HF520 & SF470 - Medical Use of Cannabidiol (House & Senate Floors) Allows cannabidiol products to be prescribed immediately upon FDA approval, and continues the state’s limited medical cannabidiol program (for persons with severe forms of epilepsy).

HSB188 - Genetic Counselor Licensing (House Government Oversight Committee) Requires licensure for genetic counselors.

SF58 - Social Security Benefits (Senate Ways & Means Committee) Excludes social security benefits from state taxes.

SF191 - Income Tax Exemption (Senate Ways & Means Committee) Exempts all wages earned by a person working for a non-profit, tax-exempt business providing services to individuals with disabilities from state income taxes, effective January 1, 2018.

SF365 - MH/DS Regional Funding (Senate Ways & Means Committee) Allows each county board of supervisors to set the levy rate for regionally delivered mental health and disability services (MH/DS), up to $47.28 per capita.

SF420 & HF544 - Dependent Adult Abuse/Personal Degradation (Senate & House Floors) Includes personal degradation by caregivers as a form of dependent adult abuse.

SF436 & HF233 - Step Therapy Protocols (Senate & House Floors) Establishes guidelines that must be followed by health insurers that use step therapy protocols for prescription medications (requirements that a person fail first on cheaper drugs).

SSB1142 - Student Loan Debt Cancellation (Senate Ways & Means Committee)Gives a state income tax exemption for the cancellation of student loan debt due to the death or permanent disability of the student or borrower. 

SSB1181 - Appropriation of Federal Funds (Senate Appropriations Committee) Appropriates federal block grants, including the substance abuse block grant, the community mental health center block grant, and more.

The following bills need to be voted out of committee before the deadline.  If they do not make it out of committee before March 31, they will be dead.

HF234 - Mental Health Advocate Reporting (Senate Human Resources Committee) Allows a county-appointed mental health advocate to file reports as needed or as required by the court (versus quarterly). 

HF306 - Nurse Aid Training and Testing (Senate Human Resources Committee) Allows continuing education and training for certified nurse aides (CNA) to be delivered online.

HF496 - Driver's Education for Students Requiring Adaptive Equipment (Senate Transportation Committee) Limits driving time for students who require a motor vehicle modified with special adaptive equipment.

The following bills need to be voted out of one chamber, and then out of committee in the other chamber before the deadline.  If they do not make it through these two steps before March 31, they will be dead. 

HF466 - Health Coverage for Dependents (House Floor) Allows kids to continue to be covered by their parent's health insurance until they turn 26.

HF531 - Public Assistance Programs Oversight (House Floor) Requires a progress report on efforts to establish an electronic asset and identify verification system for Medicaid recipients, and requires a review of data sharing efforts among states to address program integrity for public assistance programs.

HF546 - MH/DS/SA Work Groups (House Floor) Directs regions to develop plans to address the needs of individuals with complex mental health, disability, and substance use disorder needs, and directs a statewide stakeholder group to make recommendations based on these plans. Mandates MHI and hospital participation in the psychiatric bed tracking system. 

HF576 - Background Checks/Temps (House Floor) Requires temporary staffing agencies to conduct criminal and child/dependent adult abuse record checks for people working in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or similar provider.

HF586 - Rent Subsidy Program (House Floor) Establishes a rent subsidy program for participants in the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services waiver and the Money Follows the Person program.

HF593 - Mental Health Professionals/Commitments (House Floor) Allows mental health professionals to perform examinations, provide treatment, and submit necessary reports for voluntary and involuntary hospitalizations (currently only physicians can do this).

SF453 - Mental Health Information Disclosure (Senate Floor) Allows a mental health professional to disclose mental health information to a law enforcement officer, jailer, or county attorney if it will protect the individual or others.

SF458 - Psychiatric Practitioner Loan Repayment Program (House Human Resources Committee) Creates a psychiatric practitioner loan repayment program.

SF477 - Medicaid MCO Interest Penalty (Senate Floor) Requires Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) to pay an interest penalty for clean claims not paid within 90 days and requires MCOs to allow providers to submit a claim within 365 days of service. 

SF478 - Supported Community Living Services (Senate Floor) Allows Medicaid HCBS reimbursement for supported community living services provided in the home of a family member.

SF51 - Cytomegalovirus Public Health Initiative (Senate Floor) Requires collaboration among state and local health agencies and others to educate and raise awareness of cytomegalovirus, and requires testing of newborns with hearing loss.