Governor Reynolds Vetoes Iowa Medicaid Reuse Program Legislation

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Just before the 2018 session came to a close, the Iowa Legislature added the authorization for Iowa Medicaid to create a reuse program for durable medical equipment and complex rehab. The legislation was pushed through the Health and Human Services Appropriations, Senate File 2418. In an announcement this afternoon, Governor Kim Reynolds vetoed the section in the HHS appropriation which would authorize the reuse program.

This is a great legislative win for Iowa suppliers who could have been negatively impacted by this section. VGM’s Director of Government Relations Tom Powers spent several days in Des Moines working with lawmakers and other stakeholders. In addition, several MAMES association and VGM members called their representatives and senators to get the section removed but were unable to get full consensus in such a short amount of time.

The attention then turned to the governor for a line item veto of the bill, which would just carve out that section. Thankfully, Governor Reynolds did just that, saying, “The request for proposal process should be applied fairly and competitively to all providers of durable medical equipment and not limited in a way that excludes Iowa’s existing providers.”

Thank you to the Iowa providers who engaged with their members, as well as MAMES for its support in coordinating a grassroots effort to get this legislation vetoed. We will be watching this matter closely moving into the next legislative session to ensure that Iowa providers have the opportunity to compete fairly and that Iowa Medicaid beneficiaries have access to quality equipment and properly trained health care providers.