2009 Legislative Agenda
The Iowa Planned Parenthood Affiliate League (IPPAL) legislative agenda continued the Prevention Frist efforts of prior legislative sessions.
The family planning line item is a state commitment to fund neccesary family planning needs for low-income and uninsured women and families in Iowa. It serves as a supplement for short-falls and gaps in coverage in Iowa's safety net services. The fund is also smart fiscal policy for the state, which saves up to $4 on social services costs for every $1 invested in prevention.
As always, protecting against unjust, discriminatory, and ideological legislation which puts the rights of women and families in jeopardy is a major concern during this session.
Legislation that threatens safe and legal access to abortion services, invades the privacy of patients, or interferes in the doctor-patient relationship is also targeted.
2009 Bills of Interest
HSB 46 – Domestic Abuse and Guns
Prohibiting a person who is the subject of a protective order or who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence in violation of federal law from possessing, transferring, or selling firearms or offensive weapons and providing a penalty.
HSB 77 – Domestic Abuse and Strangulation
Enhancing the penalty for certain domestic abuse assault cases and providing a penalty.
HF 243 – Gender Balance on Boards
Providing for gender balance on local boards, commissions committees, and councils.
HF 45 – Medicaid Benefits after Jail
Relating to the suspension or termination of medical assistance during the period that an individual is committed to certain facilities or institutions.
HF 234 – Equality in Health Care Coverage and Veterans Wellness Act
Requiring health insurance coverage for costs relating to mental health conditions, including alcohol or substance abuse treatment services.
SF 27 – Human Trafficking
Increasing penalties of human trafficking offenses.
SF 5 – Victim Assistance Grants
Appropriating moneys for victim assistance grants
HPV vaccine coverage - Successfully passed
Requires health insurance plans managed within Iowa that cover other vaccinations cover HPV vaccines.
Family Planning Line Item
Creation of a $750,000 state investment in family planning services for low-income and uninsured individuals in Iowa. This serves to supplement short-falls and gaps in coverage for social service safety nets in Iowa.