Emergency Rule-Making Documents Filed Prior to Publication in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin (IAB)

These documents are filed by an agency using statutory “emergency” procedures. These procedures bypass public notice and participation and allow an immediate or early effective date. The documents will be officially published in the indicated IAB.
ARC Agency Subject of Rule Making Agency Document Effective Date Publication Date in IAB
ARC 6008C Human Services Department[441]

2021 Iowa Acts, Senate File 619, amended Iowa Code section 225C.7A to implement the incentive fund for Mental Health Disability Services (MHDS) regions. This legislation created a fund for the purpose of providing financial incentives for outcomes met from services provided by the mental health and disability services region. These proposed rules implement the process for a region to apply for funds, establish the criteria for eligibility for the incentive fund, set timeframes for review and approval of applications and establish the reporting and financial review requirements.

10/04/2021 11/03/2021
ARC 5896C Human Services Department[441]

During the 2021 Legislative Session HF891 appropriated funds to increase specific provider’s reimbursement rates. The proposed changes includes revisions to 441-Chapter 78, 79 and 83:

• To increase the reimbursement rates and upper rate limits for providers of Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) Waiver and HCBS Habilitation services beginning July 1, 2021, by 3.55 percent over the rates in effect on June 30, 2021.

• To increase the monthly caps on the total monthly cost of HCBS waiver services and Habilitation.

• To increase the monthly cap on HCBS Supported Employment and Intellectual Disabilities Waiver Respite services.

• To increase annual or lifetime limitations for Home and Vehicle Modifications and Specialized Medical Equipment.

• To increase air ambulance rates to $550 beginning July 1, 2021.

 

Revisions to 441 -Chapter 79 to add the inflation factor limitation.

 

Revisions to 441- Chapter 79 to implement the fee schedule rate in effect July 1, 2021, for air ambulance providers. HF 891 appropriated funds to increase air ambulance rates to $550.00 per one way trip.

 

Revision to 441-Chapter 79 to implement the Home Health Agency low utilization pament adjustment (LUPA) rate increase. This rate is applied when there are three or less visits provided in a 30 day period.

 

Revisions to 441-Chapter 79 to increase Psychiatric Medical Institutions for Children (PMIC) provider specific fee schedule rate percentages over the rates in effect June 30, 2021. HF 891 appropriates $3.9 million to increase non-state owned PMIC provider rates over the rates in effect June 30, 2021.

08/17/2021 09/08/2021
ARC 5847C Labor Services Division[875]

The Iowa Labor Commissioner is required to adopt by reference changes to the U.S. Department of Labor's occupational safety and health standards.  This rulemaking would adopt by reference federal OSHA's new emergency temporary standard (ETS) related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The ETS applies only to certain locations where health care services are provided and it is set to expire after 6 months. 

07/22/2021 08/11/2021
ARC 5820C Pharmacy Board[657]

This rule making provides the minimum training requirements for pharmacy technicians to engage in the administration of vaccinations. Currently, under the national public health emergency declaration and PREP Act in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, pharmacy technicians are authorized, pursuant to training and continuing education requirements, to administer pediatric vaccinations to any patient aged three to 18 years old and COVID vaccinations to patients of any age for which the vaccination is authorized or approved. This rule making identifies properly trained technicians so that such technicians may engage in pharmacist-delegated vaccine administration of immunizations and not be limited to pediatric or COVID vaccinations.

07/15/2021 08/11/2021
ARC 5817C Revenue Department[701]

The purpose of this rule making is to implement the Iowa income tax exclusion for qualifying COVID-19 grants enacted in 2021 Iowa Acts, SF 619, division III, and identify state grant programs that qualify for the exclusion.  That legislation requires the department to identify, through rule, state grant programs that meet the definition of "qualifying COVID-19 grant" and thus qualify for the exclusion.  

07/13/2021 08/11/2021
ARC 5795C Professional Licensure Division[645]

This rulemaking amends supervision requirements for Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists to remove in-person supervision requirements and allow supervision to occur electronically. This rulemaking also updates language to clarify that independent level social workers may provide supervision to mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists who are completing their post graduate supervision requirements and vice-versa, independent level licensed mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists can supervise social workers completing their post graduate supervision requirements. 

06/30/2021 07/28/2021
ARC 5731C Human Services Department[441]

The department is revising the child care assistance provider reimbursement rate ceiling tables.  This is being done to comply with federal requirements (45 CFR Part 98) that states must use the most recent market rate survey in establishing child care reimbursement rates.  Iowa's most recent market rate survey was conducted in December 2020.   

 

Effective July 1, 2021,  reimbursement rates for providers of child care assistance are being increased to at least the 50th percentile of the 2020 market rate for child care providers.  

 

The base rates for the Quality Rating System (QRS) bonuses were also updated to reflect increased child care provider reimbursement rates.  The base rates were updated to the 50th percentile and the QRS highest rates to the 75th percentile of the 2020 survey.  Previously the highest rates had been at the 75th percentile based on the 2017 market rate survey.  

 

 

07/01/2021 06/30/2021
ARC 5658C Chief Information Officer, Office of the[129]

This rulemaking implements changes to Iowa Code chapter 8B via 2021 Iowa Acts, House File 848, an act relating to broadband service, including matters under the purview of the Office, the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Fund, and including effective date and applicability provisions.

05/07/2021 06/02/2021
ARC 5523C Public Safety Department[661]

The purpose of this rule making is to update the Standards for Electrical Work to the National Electrical Code, 2020 edition. Consistent with recent rule making in this chapter, the entire National Electrical Code (NEC) is adopted, with the time-limited amendments included in this chapter. It is the intention of the Department and the Board not to make further amendments, regardless of new additions to the NEC, until it is necessary for the state of Iowa. A significant effect of the adoption of the 2020 edition of the NEC would have been the requirement for 250-volt receptacles, but the Board, in addition to adopting the 2020 edition of the NEC by reference, is amending the 2020 edition to postpone that requirement until January 1, 2022.

 

Two typographical errors in the amendments are corrected as well, and language has been added to better describe the receptacles that would require GFCI protection.

04/01/2021 03/24/2021