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DATE:                    March 2, 2017

TO:                        Iowa Medicaid Independent Laboratories

APPLIES TO:         Managed Care, Fee-for-Service  

FROM:                   Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS), Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME)

RE:                        New Billing Requirement - Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Certification Number on Claims

A Positive Outcome for 29,361 Iowa Kids

DHS data exchange activities identify 29,361 students in Iowa school districts to receive free or reduced-price meals. 

An additional 29,361 Iowa kids with Medicaid coverage are able to qualify without additional application to receive free or reduced-price school lunches due to DHS assisting the Iowa Department of Education (IDE) with a grant through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). DHS and IDE have developed a data exchange to share information and identify eligible children.  

Process Improvement Working Group


The purpose of the Process Improvement Working Group is to provide the Medicaid Director with an in-depth review of the current Medicaid processes and then work with Medicaid staff, the Managed Care Organizations and providers to help improve the processes. The group consists of various Medicaid providers from across the state. The Department will provide updates to DHS Council, MAAC and the hawk-i board, as the group progresses.

PROMISE JOBS Success Story

PROMISE JOBS Success Story

Mr. A came into the PROMISE JOBS orientation and during his appointment shared a number of barriers with the caseworker that left him feeling very discouraged about working.  Mr. A stated that he needed to find work however was recovering from an injury to his foot.

Iowa SIM Healthcare Innovation and Visioning Roundtable

The purpose of the Iowa State Innovation Model (SIM) Healthcare Innovation and Visioning Roundtable is to engage leaders around the state to develop consensus and transform how the healthcare system operates to best serve the needs of all Iowans.  It will identify and prioritize elements necessary for reform, such as specific payment models, infrastructure support and policy and regulatory shifts necessary to fuel progress.

Iowa Workers Get Free Tax Preparation Assistance

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The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) reminds Iowans with low to moderate income, Iowans who are elderly, and Iowans with disabilities that they can get free tax preparation services at sites throughout the state.

Funding for this initiative comes from a three-year grant through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant program. VITA is an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) initiative designed to promote and support free tax preparation service for the underserved, in both urban and non-urban locations.