Senate File 2175 - Introduced

                                  SENATE FILE       
                                  BY  BOLKCOM, KREIMAN, STEWART,
                                      RAGAN, HATCH, DOTZLER,
                                      DVORSKY, HORN, SENG, HANCOCK,
                                      DEARDEN, SCHOENJAHN, FRAISE,
                                      WOOD, COURTNEY, QUIRMBACH,
                                      GRONSTAL, KIBBIE, and CONNOLLY

                                       (COMPANION TO LSB 5733HH
                                        BY HEDDENS)

    Passed Senate,  Date               Passed House, Date             
    Vote:  Ayes        Nays           Vote:  Ayes        Nays         

                                      A BILL FOR

  1 An Act establishing a program for providing home visits for all
  2    families in the state with a newborn child.
  4 TLSB 5733SS 81
  5 jp/je/5


  1  1    Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  28.11  FAMILIES WITH A NEWBORN
  1  3    1.  a.  The Iowa empowerment board shall implement a
  1  4 program with the goal of making available a home visit for
  1  5 each household in the state with a family that has a newborn
  1  6 child.  The components of the home visit shall include but are
  1  7 not limited to assessing the child's home environment,
  1  8 educating the families concerning newborn children, and
  1  9 assisting families in accessing appropriate services.
  1 10    b.  The Iowa board shall coordinate with existing programs
  1 11 that provide a visit to families with a newborn child as
  1 12 necessary to make the best use of resources.  The program
  1 13 implemented pursuant to this section shall be directed to
  1 14 areas of the state that are underserved or do not have a home
  1 15 visit program.
  1 16    2.  The delivery of the home visit program under this
  1 17 section shall be administered at the local level through the
  1 18 local board of health as defined in section 137.2.  The
  1 19 following requirements shall apply to local programs receiving
  1 20 funding under the program:
  1 21    a.  Home visits shall be made by qualified and trained
  1 22 staff.
  1 23    b.  The program staff shall demonstrate a capacity to
  1 24 competently complete home visits and facilitate referrals to
  1 25 and interventions by other resources available in the
  1 26 community, based upon needs identified during a home visit.
  1 27    c.  The local program must have an acceptable plan for
  1 28 implementing a cooperative arrangement with local hospitals
  1 29 and birthing centers for the hospitals and centers to provide
  1 30 referral information for contacting families with a newborn
  1 31 child.
  1 32    d.  The local program must have the capacity to bill third=
  1 33 party payors as appropriate and to leverage additional
  1 34 resources, such as local cash or in=kind matching
  1 35 contributions to sustain and enhance the local program.
  2  1    e.  The local program must apply performance measures
  2  2 identified by the Iowa board and the local program
  2  3 administrator and shall report outcome information on a
  2  4 regular basis identified by the Iowa board.
  2  5    3.  The Iowa board shall implement the provisions of this
  2  6 section subject to the funding provided for purposes of this
  2  7 section.
  2  8                           EXPLANATION
  2  9    This bill establishes a program for providing home visits
  2 10 for all families in the state with a newborn child.
  2 11    New Code section 28.11 directs the Iowa empowerment board
  2 12 to implement the program with the goal of making available a
  2 13 home visit for each household in the state with a family that
  2 14 has a newborn child.  The board is required to coordinate this
  2 15 program with existing programs providing home visits to
  2 16 families with a newborn child and to target areas of the state
  2 17 that are not served or are underserved.
  2 18    The program at the local level is required to use the local
  2 19 board of health as administrator.  The bill includes
  2 20 requirements for the local program.  The Iowa empowerment
  2 21 board's implementation of the program is subject to the
  2 22 funding provided for purposes of the program.
  2 23 LSB 5733SS 81
  2 24 jp:nh/je/5