Meeting Public Comments

Subcommittee meeting and times are as follows:
A bill for an act relating to health care employment agencies, and providing penalties.(See HF 2371, HF 2521.)
Subcommittee members: Bacon-CH, Dolecheck, Sunde
Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: House Lounge
Names and comments are public records. Remaining information is considered a confidential record.
Comments Submitted:

Di Findley [Iowa CareGivers]
Registered as UndecidedHSB638 would level the playing field for nursing home and other providers with temporary staffing agencies, and we can certainly see value in that.Yet its difficult to blame lowincome workers for turning to agency work when they can earn more money and have more flexible work schedules. Yet many direct care workers do not like working alongside temporary staff because agency staff are making more money than they are, and they often dont have the same commitment to the residents as regular staff. Some would rather work short than with agency staff.Could HSB638 worsen workforce shortages? There are massive recruitment efforts going on to recruit traveling Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) by out of state companies. If neighboring states dont regulate staffing agencies are there any possibilities of unintended consequences. We understand the dilemma and the need for staffing agencies to be held accountable, but the real question is when will Iowa invest enough in the direct care workforce to ensure the pay, benefits, and professional status they deserve and thereby reduce dependence on temporary staffing agencies. If this legislation passes, we ask that consideration be given to designating fines imposed on temporary staffing agencies, and a percentage of the registration fee paid to the Department of Inspections and Appeals be used to help fund the future maintenance of the modernized/expanded direct care worker registry since it, too, is a workforce initiative. Thank You.