GLENWOOD SUPERINTENDENT: Gary Anders has beenappointed superintendent of the Glenwood Resource Center. He has been employed at the facility since 2003, serving as a physical therapist, assistant superintendent of treatment therapy and, most recently, as interim superintendent since November. Mr. Anders received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Chadron State College. The Glenwood Resource Center in Glenwood is one of two State Resource Centers which provide a full range of active treatment and habilitation services to individuals with severe intellectual disabilities. This intermediate care facility helps people to live safe and successful lives in the home and community of their choice.
SAFE HAVEN: Iowa Department of Human Services officials have used the state’s safe haven procedures for the 18th time. A boy was born in April at an Iowa hospital, and his mother immediately asked that the child be declared a safe haven baby. Under Iowa’s safe haven law, parents may give up custody of babies ages 14 days or younger with no questions asked.
Public Comment Period for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Transition: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community.The Iowa Department of Human Services has released the draft transition plan for public comments.Attend an upcoming comment session, and see the dedicated web page for more information on the HCBS Settings Transition. Public comments may be submitted to HCBSsettings@dhs.state.ia.
IOWA ENROLLMENT: More than 90,000 Iowans have signed up for the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan. The bi-partisan approved plan is Iowas unique answer to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Based on a commercial model, the plan includes incentives for members to improve health and accountability, and it drives delivery systems to focus on value. The Iowa Health and Wellness Plan provides local access to care along with comprehensive benefits. A leader in health care, Iowa gained federal approval and implemented this innovative plan in under one year.
COLLEGE HELP for FOSTER KIDS: More than 400 youth aging out of Iowas foster care system have applied for school funding through the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) program this fiscal year. DHS partners with Iowa College Student Aid Commission for the program, which provides a streamlined process where students fill out only one application to apply for multiple grants. This application helps identify more potential student aid for each youth. Through this program and federal grants, most students are able to attend a community college or regent university. For more information, visit https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/content/state-grants-scholarships.
MAILING ERROR: The Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) is notifying 862 Medicaid clients that patient listings were mailed in error to a different health clinic than the one providing their services. The issue was limited to patient listings from nine providers of Medicaid managed care programs. This is a very small number of the 680,000 Iowans projected to receive Medicaid in SFY2014. If you received a notification letter and have questions, click here. To see our news release, click here.
ASSISTANCE AND HEALTHY EATING: Spring has arrived, and that means the Iowa Department of Human Services is preparing for another busy season of helping Food Assistance recipients get access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The DHS Wireless EBT project, in its 10th year, allows low-income Iowans to use their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at farms, farmers markets and roadside stands. For more information, click here.
INFORMATION BREACH: The department has announced there was a breach in personal information related to some Polk County social work assessments. The breach happened when confidential client data was transmitted outside of the DHS secure network during the assessment period of some abuse cases. There are no reports that the information was misused. About 2,000 letters have been mailed to individuals whose information was part of the breach. If you received a letter and you have questions, please click here.To see our press release, click here.