From Region VII (IA, KS, MO, NE)- Representative Jim Donoghue (IA)

Greetings from Region VII! Of our four states, Iowa is in the news! We are happy to report that LEA reimbursement increased each of the last two years in Iowa. Regional audits conducted from 2010 to 2011 by the Iowa Medicaid Program Integrity Unit are in process and results are pending. The Iowa Department of Education in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Public Health is rolling out a 2010-2011 training initiative for school nurses to become Qualified Entities able to determine Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility. This collaboration was recently highlighted in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) 2010 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorized (CHIPRA) Annual Report: Connecting Kids to Coverage.

Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) is part of the Iowa Department of Human Services. While the Iowa Department of Health Services (DHS) recently changed leadership with the return January 2011 of former Director Chuck Palmer, IME leadership by Jennifer Vermeer and Julie Lovelady remains unchanged. The good news is that IME will increase its support of school-based services by publishing a new newsletter and encouraging attendance at the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee meetings.