Legislative Bulletin

Legislative Bulletin

By Joah Hogan|
|January 20, 2023

Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Weekly Summary

The second week of the 2023 legislative session included an influx of new bills. Several bills concern IHA priorities:

  • Rural emergency hospital licensure House File 13: The House health and human services subcommittee approved the rural emergency hospital licensure bill Wednesday, making the bill eligible for review by the full committee. The bill includes definitions, eligibility, licensure and application requirements. IHA supports the bill.

Tort reform: Gov. Kim Reynolds reiterated her commitment to passing tort reform during her Condition of the State address last week. IHA expects legislation to be introduced soon. Hospital advocates can send Gov. Reynolds a letter supporting tort reform by joining IHA’s Action Network.


Legislation on the Move

Health care employment agencies: HSB 24 and SSB 1044 updates the health care employment agency bill passed in 2022. Changes include additional language allowing health care employment agencies to continue hiring international nurses for Iowa hospitals. IHA supports the bills.

Mental health practitioner loan repayment program: House Study Bill 9 provides additional funding for loan repayments to mental health practitioners who practice in a service commitment area for a minimum of five years. Mental health practitioners include psychiatrists, psychologists, physician assistants and psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioners.


Legislative Forums

Meeting with legislators while they are in their home districts is a great way to advocate for issues hospital advocates care about. Check the list below of legislative events for the next two weeks. Some are in person and those that are virtual include the event link.

Saturday, Jan. 21

  • 7:30-9 a.m. - Fairfield Legislative Forum, Greater Jefferson County Fairgrounds - Activities Building.
  • 9-10 a.m. - Daveport Town Hall Meeting, Davenport Library - Eastern Avenue Branch.
  • 10-11:45 a.m. - Hiawatha Legislative Forum, Kirkwood Linn Regional Center, Kirkwood Community College, virtual link.

Friday, Jan. 27

  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Council Bluffs Legislative Roundtable, Council Bluffs Public Library.

Saturday, Jan. 28

  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. - Fort Dodge Eggs and Issues Legislative Forum, Iowa Central Community College - Triton Cafe.
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. - Oskaloosa Eggs and Issues Legislative Forum, Smokey Row Coffee.
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. - Rock Rapids Eggs and Issues Legislative Forum, Forster Community Center.
  • 9-10 a.m. - Camanche Legislative Coffee, Camanche City Hall.
  • 9-10 a.m. - Waverly Town Hall, Waverly Public Library.
  • 9-10:30 a.m. - Spencer Eggs and Issues Legislative Forum, Spencer City Hall - Council Chambers
  • 9:30-11 a.m. - Iowa City Legislative Forum, Iowa City Senior Center - Assembly Room, virutal link.
  • 10-11 a.m. - Clarinda Legislative Briefing, Lied Public Library - Public Meeting Room.
  • 10-11 a.m. - Carroll Legislative Forum, New Hope Village.
  • 10:30 a.m.-noon - Urbandale Talk with Official Forum, Urbandale Chamber of Commerce Office, virtual link.
  • 11 a.m.-noon - DeWitt Legislative Coffee, DeWitt Community Center, virtual link.
  • 11 a.m.-noon - Charles City Town Hall, Floyd County Museum.

Saturday, Feb. 4

  • 9-10 a.m. - Greene Town Hall, Greene Public Library.
  • 11 a.m.-noon - New Hampton Town Hall, New Hampton Public Library.​​​​​​

Friday, Feb. 10

  • 10-11 a.m. - Ames Legislative Update, virtual link.
  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Ankeny Legislative Update, Ankeny Kirkendall Library - City Council Chambers.

1-2 p.m. - Maquoketa Legislative Forum, Jackson County Courthouse.

Saturday, Feb. 11

  • 9-10 a.m. - Sumner Town Hall, Sumner Public Library.
  • 10-11 a.m. - Storm Lake Legislative Forum, King's Pointe Resort.
  • 11 a.m.-noon - Nashua Town Hall - Gateway to Northeast Iowa Welcome Center.

Friday, Feb. 17

4:30-6:30 p.m. - Waterloo Legislative Forum, Hawkeye Community College - Van G. Miller Adulter Learning Center, virtual link.


Medical student joins advocacy team for capstone project

Alec James is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He is pursuing a career in anesthesiology. He is joining the IHA advocacy team for four weeks as part of his capstone project researching health care policy.

“It has been a lot of fun seeing the connections between my educational experience and the way policy shapes the environment in which physicians practice,” said James.

As a Carver College of Medicine student, James has completed several rotations with IHA member hospital the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. IHA appreciates the collaboration with Carver College of Medicine and UIHC and is looking forward to more opportunities to support Iowa’s future health care leaders.


Stay in the Know

Stay tuned through the weekly editions of Legislative Bulletin, IHA’s Facebook page, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. IHA also will mobilize hospital advocates through VoterVoice Action Alerts when legislators need to hear from you on hospital issues. Advocates can sign up for email or text message VoterVoice Action Alerts HERE.

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