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Iowa House Republican Caucus Newsletter - 4-18-13

Iowa House Republican Caucus Newsletter - 4-18-13

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Published by Shane Vander Hart
Weekly newsletter put out by the Iowa House Republican Caucus.

In this edition:

Budget Process Picking up Steam
Education Conference Committee Update
Property Tax Relief Update
Weekly newsletter put out by the Iowa House Republican Caucus.

In this edition:

Budget Process Picking up Steam
Education Conference Committee Update
Property Tax Relief Update

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Published by: Shane Vander Hart on Apr 19, 2013
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Inside this issue:
 Appropriations 2 Agriculture 3Education 5EnvironmentalProtection6Human Resources 6Natural Resources 7Public Safety 7State Government 8Transportation 8Veterans Affairs 8Ways and Means 9
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
PurposeThe purpose of the Healthy Iowa Plan isto help Iowans become healthier for thelong term through increased increaseaccess to quality health care. TheHealthy Iowa Plan focuses on qualityoutcomes, consumer education and per-sonal responsibility. Iowans below 100%of the federal poverty level are encour-aged to be cost-conscious consumers of health care and to participate in healthybehaviors. People above 100% of thefederal poverty level will utilize the insur-ance exchange and their health insur-ance will be subsidized with tax credits.This model achieves both cost savingsand healthier behavior.EligibilityPeople eligible for Medicaid or Medicare
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House Republican Talking Points
The Healthy Iowa Plan
The Healthy Iowa Plan:An Iowa Solution to an IowaProblem
Expanding the currentfractured Medicaid System
Helps Iowans become healthier 
Pays the hospital’s bills
Covers all needy Iowans
Covers all needy Iowans
Rewards quality health care out-comes in year one
“Studies” how to reward qualityhealth outcomes
Brings down the cost of state-funded health care
Forces insurance premiums high-er 
Helps eliminate fraud
Perpetuates existing problems inthe Medicaid
Fully utilizes the health insuranceexchange
Expands old Medicaid practices
Exasperates the $11-$23 incometrap adding to the unemploymentproblem
Increases federal debt and de-pendence on the federal govern-ment
Members contribute small pay-ments
Cost is only to taxpayers
Fosters personal responsibility inhealth care
Fee-for-service model which en-courages wasteful and unneces-sary hospitalization
Fiscally responsible and sustain-able
Devours the state budget over time as funding decreases from100% to 90% federal funding
Better local access – all primaryhealth care providers must bewithin 30 minutes or 30 miles
 Access to health care for Medi-caid patients is diminished be-cause of the influx of $150,000people into the current system
The Healthy Iowa Plan is a prom-ise Iowa can keep. It is a modernplan that helps Iowans get health-ier 
Medicaid expansion is unsustain-able and unaffordable because itsimply adds more Iowans to acostly and outdated system
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House Republican Newsletter and people who are pregnant and eligiblefor Medicaid are not eligible for the HealthyIowa Plan. People ages 19-64 will be eligi-ble for the Healthy Iowa plan benefits if they meet the following criteria:
The person is a U.S. citizen
The person is a resident of Iowa
The person has a social security num-ber 
The person has a household income ator below 100% of the federal povertylevel.
The person fulfills all other conditionsof participation in the plan, includingfinancial participationCovered Benefits
When a member is enrolled, they getto choose a primary medical provider within the Accountable Care Provider Network. Benefits under the plan in-clude but are not limited to:
Preventative care services
Health home services
Physician services
Inpatient and outpatient hospital ser-vices
Emergency transportation services
Prescription drugs
Diagnostic services
Durable medical equipment and medi-cal supplies
Rehabilitative services (including ther-apy)
Home health services
Mental health and substance use dis-order services administered throughthe Iowa Plan
Podiatry services
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(Contact Brad Trow at 1-3471.)
Budget Process Picking Up Steam
 As the calendar moves towards the end of the 2013 legislative session, the work onthe FY 2014 and FY 2015 state budget ismoving into high gear this week as bothchambers spend significant time working onspending bills.In the House, the Economic Developmentappropriations bill (SF 430) was passed bythe chamber on Tuesday. The Houseamendment provides the largest percent-age growth of all the various budgets, with a19% increase in funding to attract andmaintain businesses to the state. This doesnot include funding for the High QualityJobs program, which is addressed in theinfrastructure bill.In the House Appropriations Committee, thebudgets for Agriculture and Natural Re-sources, Judicial Branch, and the RebuildIowa’s Infrastructure Fund were advancedto the floor. The Agriculture bill, Senate File435, includes a$1 million General Fundincrease. The new funds are being used tomaintain on-going services provided by theDepartment of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources, and the ISU VeterinaryDiagnostic Lab. The Environment FirstFund is also fully funded at $42 million.In the RIIF bill, the House is continuing itsefforts to return the focus of this fund toinfrastructure projects. Major projects com-pleted in the bill are the prison constructionwork at Fort Madison and Mitchellville, theDental building at the University of Iowa, the Ag/Biosystems Engineering complex atIowa State, and the renovation of BartlettHall at UNI. The bill also increases fundingfor lake restoration and water quality aslong as increasing the emphasis on mainte-nance work on state facilities.Funding for the High Quality Jobs programis continued in the RIIF bill, by using re-turned or unused funds from the Grow IowaValues Program which no longer is in oper-ation. Among the new projects included inthe bill are beginning work on renovatingthe Wallace building, looking into the futureof the state historical building and three newprojects at the Regents institutions.On the other side of the Capitol, the IowaSenate has a number of budgets ready for consideration this week. It is expected thatby the end of the week, action will havebeen taken on the Justice Systems (SF447) and Health & Human Services (SF446) budget which they are responsible for starting. Also, they are expected to consid-er the Administration & Regulation (HF 603)and Education (HF 604) budgets. At the end of the week, the only budget billthat has yet to be released is the Standing Appropriations bill. The Senate is responsi-ble for starting action on this bill.
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House Republican Newsletter 
Budget Bill Status – As of April 17, 2013
(Contact Lew Olson at 1-3096.)
House Ways & Means Committee Okay’s freedom to Downstream BlendBiofuels Measure
On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, the HouseWays & Means Committee passed HF 597by a 16-aye to 9-nay vote. The bill relatesto the blending of fuel in the state of Iowaand preserves the opportunity to blendrenewable biofuels that historically hasbeen performed largely by downstream jobbers and distributors. These jobbersand distributors take ownership of the fuel(gasoline or diesel) and then physicallyblend it with ethanol or biodiesel (splashblending) to create a renewablefuel. Sometimes this blending occurs atthe terminal facility, but often it occursaway from the terminals. This practice hasoccurred in the Midwest for the past 30years, where renewable fuels are popu-lar. As a result, jobbers and distributorshave made significant investments to blendthese fuels.HF 597 preserves this practice of permit-ting jobbers and distributors to continue thepractice of blending renewable fuels ontheir own. As obligations of refiners in-crease under the federal renewable fuelsmandate, oil companies are looking for more ways to comply and some optionscould potentially cause economic harm todomestic and Iowa biofuels producers.The protection provided by HF 597 pre-serves a jobbers' right to blend that couldbe virtually eliminated by oil companieswho may require pre-blended products tobe purchased at the terminal or rack.HF 597, as amended by the House Ways &Means Committee, requires terminals andsuppliers of motorfuel (conventionalstockblend for oxygenate blending withgasoline, gasoline, and diesel) to make anunblended product available to jobbers anddistributors so that jobbers and distributorscan continue the practice of blending ontheir own, using Iowa produced ethanoland biodiesel. Iowa is not alone in thiseffort. North Carolina, Georgia and other states have considered and passed similar laws. The committee amendment eliminat-ed language in the bill that dealt with‘validity of agreement’ and aspects of sec-tion 4 (subsection 1a) dealing with‘notwithstanding any contrary agreement’language…’ that would have usurped exist-ing contract in effect that some petroleummarketer had agreed to sell only name-brand fuel at their pumps at franchised or oil company labeled motor fuel retail loca-tions. The amendment also struck ‘defacto’and redundant language in the underlyingbill that passed the House Agriculture Com-mittee that explicitly prohibited a terminaloperator, terminal owners or supplier frompreventing or inhibiting a distributor or deal-ing from qualifying for any state or federaltax credit, since under the bill, distributorsor dealing can chose to blend fuel, theyhence could qualify for such tax credits.The amendment also included new lan-
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Budget Bill
Bill Number 
 Administration &Regulation
HF 603
Passed by House on March 20
, on Senate Floor 
 Agriculture & NaturalResources
SF 435
Passed by Senate on April 10, on House Floor 
SF 430
Passed by Senate on April 3,
Amended by Houseon April 16
HF 604
Passed by House on March 20
, on Senate Floor 
Federal Block Grants
HF 614
Passed by House on April 2
, on Senate Floor 
Health & HumanServices
SF 446
On Senate Floor 
Justice Systems
SF 447
On Senate Floor 
Judicial Branch
SF 442
Passed by Senate on April 15, on House Floor 
RIIF (Infrastructure)
HF 638
Voted out of House Appropriations Committee on April 17
Standing Appropriations
Senate Appropriations Committee
HF 602
Passed by House on March 20
, Amended by theSenate on April 9 – ON HOUSE FLOOR

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