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Legislature and State
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House's budget targets lower than Senate's
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By Susan Cameron & Kelly Meyers

Although not much work has begun on the state budget, the Iowa House released budget targets that are well under the Senate’s targets and the Governor’s budget. The House has budgeted $7.3 billion overall, less than the Senate’s $7.4 billion. For Health & Human Services, the House recommends $1.8 billion in spending, compared to $1.9 billion in the Senate. The House will start the Health & Human Services budget bill this year.

Last week, IHCA President & CEO Steve Ackerson met with Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, House Speaker Linda Upmeyer and House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow to discuss the critical nature of IHCA members' funding priorities as managed care implementation approaches. We had previously met with key appropriations leaders and will continue to advocate for all members' funding priorities. In this tight fiscal situation, funding increases will be difficult to achieve.

Also last week, Governor Branstad was told by CMS that Iowa’s plan to privatize Medicaid can begin April 1. IHCA leaders also continue to talk with DHS and the Governor’s Office about setting the nursing facility rate accurately prior to the start of managed care.

The second funnel deadline for policy legislation is March 11. Appropriations and tax bills are exempt from funnel deadlines. For a complete list of bills of interest, click here

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Education Calendar
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LTC Nurse and Administrator Leadership Program, Part 1: March 9-10, Part 2: April 20-21, West Des Moines  Registration Closed 
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Data-Driven CNA Recruitment—90-Day Caregiver Onboarding Best Practices, March 15, 2:00-3:00, webinar
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CNA and Direct Caregiver Mentorship Program, March 22-23, West Des Moines
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Home Health Care Conference, March 24, 2016, West Des Moines
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Spring Quarterly Education & Activity Professionals Conference, March 29-30, Embassy Suites, Des Moines
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MDS 101 - Basic MDS 3.0 Training, April 5, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Advanced MDS 3.0 Training, April 6, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Management Certification Program, April 11-15, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, April 14, West Des Moines
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SNF Medicare Review, April 19, West Des Moines
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Professional LTC Nursing Seminar, April 27, Coralville
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Home Health Value Based Purchasing Conference, April 27, West Des Moines
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Professional LTC Nursing Seminar, April 28, West Des Moines
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Activity Professionals Home Study Course, Home Study Course
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ICAL Assisted Living Manager Certificate Program - Online, Ongoing, web-based
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Online Dementia Care Training and Individual Certification Program
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Click on the event link to learn more about each educational offering and to register. If you have additional questions, contact Georgene Olson at 800.422.3106.

West Des Moines area hotel discounts for IHCA ICAL members.

Map to the IHCA ICAL Education Center, 1775 90th Street, West Des Moines, IA.

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