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Feb 20, 2022

Noon to 12:45 pm Central Time Labor Rights in Iowa State Rep. Bruce Hunter (Des Moines) Pete Hird Secretary-Treasurer, Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO There have been many challenges to labor rights over the last few years. More recently, unemployment benefits have been a target of conservatives, particularly restrictions that would impact benefits and the timing of those benefits for working families. Additionally, Iowans who are pregnant have very few rights during pregnancy and after giving birth. Efforts are under way to ensure reasonable accommodations for pregnant Iowans. Join us for Moral Mondays IOWA as we discuss ...

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Feb 11, 2022

Following its November 12 release of guidance for #nursinghome visitation during the #COVID19 #pandemic, #CMS released three versions of frequently asked questions (FAQs) clarifying the guidance. #NASW upholds both the right of nursing home residents to receive visitors and the need for #vaccination and other #publichealth measures to decrease COVID-19 transmission and severity. The association offers resources to help #socialworkers engage with clients, colleagues, family, and friends about COVID-19 vaccination. https://bit.ly/NASW-NHvisit-Feb22

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Feb 08, 2022

The recording of the Jan. 28 webinar, “No Surprises Act and Good Faith Estimates: Implications for Clinical Social Workers,” is now available at https://naswinstitute.inreachce.com/Details/Information/1b453031-cfd1-42a4-8d22-3b5a21c66a6b. It is free to members and $15 for non-members.

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Feb 07, 2022

There is language in the last years appropriations bill (House File 891) that allows Medicaid authority to implement federal flexibilities that may be in conflict with Iowa rules/regs (see excerpt below).   DIVISION XIII PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PROVISIONS COVID-19 REGULATIONS Sec. 53. COVID-19 FEDERAL REGULATIONS. For the time period beginning on the effective date of this division of this Act, and ending June 30, 2022, notwithstanding state administrative rules to the contrary, to the extent federal regulations relating to the COVID-19 pandemic differ from state administrative rules, including applicable federal waivers, the fe...

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Jan 31, 2022

NASW IA Member Greg L. Nooney, LISW has a new book coming out from NASW Press Diagnosing and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Guide for Social Workers and All Front-Line Staff.

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Jan 27, 2022

You may recall that that the Iowa Board of Social Work and the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science had a period where they took comments on their draft rules for clinical supervision across the professions.  Those rules are now out for comment.  Comments are due on 2-1-2022. To see the rules and how to submit comments, go to:  https://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/90/NoticeJointRules_1.pdf

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Dec 28, 2021

 The National Association of Social Workers, Iowa Chapter (NASW IA) and the Grand View University Social Work Club are co-hosting a town hall meeting to discuss mental health with Iowa gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates.

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Jun 13, 2020

 ACTION ALERT!    On the Iowa Senate Debate calendar for today: The licensure bill as amended and passed by the Iowa House last evening, HF 2627.  It’s not as horrible as many of the licensure bills that we have defeated in the past, but just seems plain unnecessary. 

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Jun 11, 2020

6-12-2020 UPDATE :  This session could end very quickly. Reach out to you legislators as well.  Tell them that we need a telehealth bill that will at the very least require that telehealth services be reimbursed at 100% until 6-30-2021 (which would allow time for data gathering and for the legislature to then act on that data.

As of this writing, we are waiting for HF 2192 (the telehealth bill) to come up on the Senate floor.  It is not at this time (9:34 am) on the debate calendar for today (6-11-2020). (But we suspect this isn’t going to be how it’s going to get passed – others are working through the HHS budget) 

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Dec 13, 2019

The NASW Iowa Chapter (NASW-IA) worked with the NASW Foundation and the University of Iowa School of Social Work, in 2018-2019, to assess the Iowa social work labor force. The initiative was funded by a generous $50,000 grant from the  Telligen Community Initiative. 

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Jun 06, 2020

Advocates: I know you are tired. But the pressure is working! In his amendment to HF 2192, Senator Edler has increased the reimbursement rate for telehealth services for mental health services. We aren’t at 100% yet, but we are getting there.  (The rate for the medical providers is way less – I don’t know that they are going to be happy with this amendment.)

Email received from the Iowa Senate at 10:54 pm Friday night:

“There will be no debate in the Senate on Monday, June 8th:

We will reconvene on Tuesday, June 9th at 9:00 am. A Senate Daily Schedule email will be sent on Monday evening.” 

What exactly does this mean?  I am not sure – but it seems that they are feeling the heat of your advocacy. 

ACTION ITEMS regarding telehealth – If you have done the first, work your way down the list to find one you haven’t completed.

  1. If you have any hard data about how telehealth has impacted your practice (particularly financially), please send that to Senator Edler (it seems that he is getting his data from the insurance companies).  Thank him for his work on this issue; explain to him firmly but kindly why telehealth needs to be reimbursed at 100% of office rates. jeff.edler@legis.iowa.gov

 

  1. Email YOUR Senator (work address and/or home address) and tell them your story about how telehealth has impacted your practice.  Find your Legislator

 

  1. Email Senator Liz Mathis – she is fighting very hard on this issue.  Give her the data that she needs to continue this work.  Thank her for her work.  She is an excellent ally on so, so many of issues important to providers and our clients.  liz.mathis@legis.iowa.gov

 

  1. Feel the need to do something positive?  Email Rep. Joel Fry LISW and THANK HIM for working on the telethealth reimbursement rates.  Send him your data as well. He may need to back up his arguments.  Edler is amending Fry’s bill. If the bill is successful in the Senate, it will need to go back to the House.  joel.fry@legis.iowa.gov

 

  1. Email the rest of the House social work delegation.  They have our backs.  Give them the data they need to help us fight for this in the House.  Thank them for bringing the social work perspective to their work in the legislature.

Rep. Marti Anderson, LISW         marti.anderson@legis.iowa.gov

Rep. Mark D. Smith, LISW            mark.smith@legis.iowa.gov

Rep. Ross Wilburn, MSW             Ross.Wilburn@legis.iowa.gov

 

  1. Done all this?  Adopt a Senator and send them your data and stories. They all need to hear this. Build a relationship with that Senator.  https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/senate

 

  • Smeone on the Human Resources committee would be a good target:

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/committees/committee?ga=88&groupID=328

 

    • Or a member of the leadership

Senate President Charles Schneider                      charles.schneider@legis.iowa.gov

Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver                    jack.whitver@legis.iowa.gov

            

FYI – NASW IA advocacy alerts for now can be found at naswia.socialworkers.org under the NEWLETTERS.  It seems a little easier to read and find things.  See Thurs. June 4 Action alert on Telehealth for more talking points.

Thank you for all you do!  Keeping pushing! Let’s not lose any momentum over the weekend.

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Jun 04, 2020

SF 2393 is on the calendar for Thurs. 6-4  2 pm for the Senate Ways & Means Committee meeting.  Discussion on this bill was DEFERRED as they are waiting for amendments proposed by Senator Dotzler. Additionally, Sen. Brown proposed substanial amendments, including language to keep the Governor's proclamation on telehealth payments in effect until 12-31-2020.  (We would prefer 7-1-2021, allowing the legislature to write a data driven bill.  We will let you know when the Senate Ways & Means committee is next scheduled to meet https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=88&ba=SF2393 ...

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Jun 04, 2020

HF 2192 will be discussed in the Senate Human Resources committee at 10:15 am on Thursday, 6-4 Here are a few talking points.  See previous newsletters on telehealth for specific targets and contact information  Telehealth increases access for clients Clients like telehealth and it will be difficult to coax some of them back to in-office visits Clients are at least as likely, if not more likely, to keep their telehealth appointments Barriers to access such as transportation, are decreased with telehealth Some clients actually do BETTER using telehealth Telehealth can increase the geographical reach of s...

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Jun 03, 2020

Senate Human Resources Committee is meeting Thurs. 6-4 at 10:15 am HF 2192, a bill on telehealth is on the agenda for discussion. This bill is very likely to be amended so please watch this space for updates. Please email your state Senator about this bill and tell them at 100% of in-office reimbursement rate is very important for mental health providers and why.  Here are some talking points:   I am writing about the sections of the Governor’s proclamation on the use of telehealth and reimbursement rates for telehealth, which are scheduled to expire on 6-26-2020. I hope that the Iowa State Legislature w...

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