Over the past six months advocates from across Iowa, and across the disability and medical landscape, have educated and persuaded the Iowa House and Senate, as well as Republicans and Democrats to allocate $6 million for reducing the huge waiting list for Iowa Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver services. It has come to our attention that our Govenor is considering vetoing the funds! This would be the second year in a row! Apparently the legislature under-funded basic Medicaid for next year and this may be one of the reasons the Governor is looking for programs and funding to veto.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION: Please join other Iowans with brain injury, their families, friends, caregivers and professionals and CONTACT THE GOVERNORS OFFICE as soon as you are able. You can send a note via the website below or via phone.
As you may recall last year the Iowa Governor vetoed $8.7 million in funding that was allocated by the Iowa legislature to reduce the Medicaid Waiver waiting list. Since that time are now more than 7000 people on waiting lists for waiver services, 900 of them on the brain injury waiver waiting list. The wait time is now more than two years. These services are critical to keep Iowans with brain injury out of nursing homes, jails, prisons, homeless shelters and coffins. They are also key for children with mental health conditions who are now waiting 2-3 years for treatments that allow them to live with their parents at home and that prevent these kids facing incarceration, unemployment, and homelessness as young adults.
Please ask the Governor to support funding for the Medicaid Waiver Waiting Lists and if you have a personal reason, story or connection tell him why!
Governor Branstad 1007 East Grand Ave. Des Moines, Iowa 50319 Phone: 515.281.5211 Fax: 515.725.3527 https://governor.iowa.gov/constituent-services/register-opinion
Contact his health policy advisor as well: Michael.Bousselot@iowa.gov