HEALTHY IOWA PLAN SUMMARY: The proposed Healthy Iowa Plan would replace the IowaCare waiver that expires in December 2013. The timeline for filing a new waiver requires many steps, including a summary to be sent to Native American tribes. Four public hearings have been set, along with a formal notice.
INTEGRATED HEALTH HOME: An Integrated Health Home(IHH) is a team of professionals working together to provide whole-person, patient-centered, coordinated care for adults with a serious mental illness (SMI) and children with a serious emotional disturbance (SED). The Integrated Health Home will be administered by the Medicaid Behavioral Health Care Managed care Organization (Magellan Behavioral Care of Iowa) and provided by community-based Integrated Health Homes. FAQand PowerPoint presentation.
STORM HELP: Twenty-three counties have been declared by the governor to be disaster areas in the wake of heavy rains in April. Low-income residents in these areas may be eligible for the state's disaster grant program. Follow the the "Disaster Assistance" link above for instructions on how to apply and other information.
INNOVATION GRANT: Iowa has received a $1.3 million grant to start development of an incentive-based health care payment plan to improve outcomes and slow the growth of costs, especially for the patients who battle chronic diseases.
GOVERNMENT SERVICE AWARD: Director Charles M. Palmer receives the American Medical Associations top government service award in health care, the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service.
MEDICAID 101: Listen in as Medicaid Director Jennifer Vermeer gives a 13-minute high-level reviewof Medicaid in Iowa.
LOW ERROR RATE: A new federal audit shows an exceptionally low error rate for Iowa's children's health insurance program. The Iowa Medicaid accuracy rate is also better than the national average.