The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service awarded the Iowa Department of Human Services, among other states, funding to develop a State Innovation Model (SIM) that will take a look at planning, designing, testing and supporting a new payment and health care delivery model. Plans must improve health, improve health care, and lower costs for citizens through a sustainable model of multi-payor payment and delivery reform, and must be dedicated to delivering the right care at the right time in the right setting. It will also encourage personal health and wellbeing along with insuring an adequate workforce to deliver needed services. This plan will take place over the next three years.
Additionally, the Department is working on the new Iowa Health and Wellness Plan that addresses the health care needs of Iowans with income up to and including 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) that are not otherwise covered by Medicaid. This new coverage group will start receiving benefits January 1, 2014.
As part of the process for SIM and the new Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, community forums will be held to discuss the grant opportunity and ask for local input. Milestones Area Agency on Aging will be hosting a community forum on Tuesday, August 13th 2013, from 2 to 4 pm at Indian Hills Community College, Rural Health Building, Room 5, located at 525 Grandview Ave., Ottumwa, IA Speakers will be Iowa Medicaid Director Jennifer Vermeer and Iowa Department of Human Services Director Chuck Palmer.
In addition to sharing information, consumers, community leaders, long term care reps, home and community-based providers are invited to offer suggestions to improve access to and the quality of health care delivered to Iowans. Milestones’ service area includes Appanoose, Clinton, Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Muscatine, Scott, Van Buren, Wapello and Wayne Counties. For more information call 1-800-642-6522.