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Welcome to our first weekly report of the 2022 Iowa Legislative Session. Your elected State Representatives and State Senators are back to work today in Des Moines for the next 100 (or so) days to pass new laws and decide how to spend money in the next year. It's a lot of work in a short period of time, so it Is really important for family and self advocates like you to speak up.

This weekly report will give you a snapshot of what is happening at the Capitol each week. Follow us on social media and watch our website for more news, look at bills legislators are thinking about, find a weekend legislative forum, or take action by sending an email.



DD Council Virtual Open House

The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council is having a Virtual Open House this Friday, January 14 (11:30 am to Noon). You can learn more about their legislative asks for 2022 - and hear from DD Council members about the importance of each. Sign up here.

Take a few seconds to invite your legislators to it as well - we've already written the message for you in our Action Center! They have a lot going on the first week and we want to make sure this doesn't get lost in the mix.

Invite Your Legislator

Get More infoNET in 2022

Keeping you in the know is our top job, and we’re excited to announce a few new options to get information:

  • This Week @ The Capitol emailed weekly on Mondays.

  • Weekly videotaped Capitol Snapshot with the week's highlights.

  • In-depth reviews mailed and emailed four times a year (first one 1/17/22).

Medicaid Listening Sessions

Iowa Medicaid will be having listening sessions to hear from Medicaid members (and providers) who have experience in the topic areas listed and have ideas for ways in which to improve outcomes.

Each listening session will be focused on solutions - how can we improve outcomes and make things simpler for Medicaid members. If you have feedback prior to the listening sessions that you would like to be considered, please submit to

These are virtual meetings, but there is a call-in option available for those unable to stream live video. The meetings will be held using Zoom; login information will be sent to registered attendees the week of the meeting. .

Member Listening Session Schedule:


Managed Care Requests for Proposals (RFP) – January 18, 2022, 4:00-5:00 PM

Please register for this session here.

Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Community-Based Case Management (CBCM) – January 20, 3:00-4:30 PM

Please register for this session here.

Maternal Health – February 9, 3:00-4:30 PM

Please register for this session here.


Transition Aged Services – February 15, 3:00-4:30 PM

Please register for this session here.

Natural Supports – February 22, 3-4:30 PM

Please register for this session here.

Members who need assistance with registration may contact IME Member Services at 1-800-338-8366.

Additional listening sessions specifically for providers have also been scheduled. You may view that schedule here.

Thank you for your continued partnership with Iowa Medicaid. We look forward to working with you in the new year.


Updated Guide Available

Since the end of the 2021 legislative session, two legislators have resigned after taking new jobs and one died after a long battle with cancer. That means there are three new legislators - two Representatives and one Senator - who are brand new this session. That also caused leaders to change some of the people on committees.

We have updated our Guide to the Iowa Legislature. You can always find the most updated version here.

infoNET is a disability policy newsletter of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council and its network of Iowans with Disabilities in Action.

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This project was supported, in part by grant number 2101IASCDD, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.