Advocacy

Telehealth Action Alert!

HIMSS Iowa needs your help to push important school-based telehealth legislation through the U.S. Senate! There are 2,300 school-based health centers in the United States that serve as main sources of healthcare for thousands of underserved and vulnerable children. School-based health centers provide primary care services, dental health, behavioral health and substance abuse counseling, and nutrition and health education. 

Senate Bill 356, The Hallways to Health Act, provides a significant boost to these school-based health centers and the children they serve. Through the Hallways to Health Act, school-based health centers will see coverage expanded for services they furnish and will have telehealth service offerings expanded in medically underserved areas. 

Please join HIMSS Iowa in supporting this legislation! Please contact Senator Joni Ernst here. A quick message of support looks like this:

Hi, I'm a HIMSS Iowa member and I'd like Senator Joni Ernst to cosponsor Senate Bill 356, the Hallways to Health Act. This bill will support school-based health centers and the children they serve. 

That's it! Feel free to ask family, friends and colleagues for their support on this legislation as well. 

About the Advocacy Roundtable: 
HIMSS Iowa participates in the HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable (CAR) program. CAR provides an opportunity for Chapter members to coordinate advocacy efforts at the grassroots level to build the political will for legislation that leverages health information technology (IT) and management systems to save lives, improve outcomes of care, and reduce costs. For more information on CAR or to become a Chapter Advocate, e-mail Cody Zoss at CZoss@mercydesmoines.org or visit http://iowa.himsschapter.org/advocacy-7.  

 

HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable

HIMSS Iowa participates in the HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable (CAR) program. CAR provides an opportunity for Chapter members to coordinate advocacy efforts at the grassroots level to build the political will for legislation that leverages health information technology (IT) and management systems to save lives, improve outcomes of care, and reduce costs.

Chapter Advocates

HIMSS Iowa utilizes Chapter Advocates to drive prioritized legislation forward. Chapter Advocates are HIMSS Iowa members who volunteer to participate in CAR. Chapter Advocates advocate on behalf of HIMSS and HIMSS Iowa to further health IT policy and build political will for key legislation by calling or writing in to their representatives, meeting with their representatives, and lending their expertise to educational events and panels. Chapter Advocates become health IT subject-matter experts through interactions with CAR. Current Chapter Advocates include:

  • Cody Zoss, Roundtable Chair
  • Joy Selleck, Roundtable Vice-Chair
  • Lisa Buland
  • Richard Daswick
  • Benjamin Lefever
  • Bill Coddington

For more information on CAR or to become a Chapter Advocate, e-mail Cody Zoss at CZoss@mercydesmoines.org.

Legislative Priorities

HIMSS top legislative issues this year include:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Telehealth
  • Interoperability (HIE)

HIMSS Resources

HIMSS Action Center 
HIMSS mobilizes its members around the country and seeks to perform multiple levels of outreach activities to members of Congress and their staff through a variety of initiatives, providing accurate information about health information technology (IT) to help them make effective public policy decisions. Learn how to take action now.

Health IT Public Policy
HIMSS believes that the appropriate use of information technology (IT) and management systems can transform healthcare to save lives, improve outcomes of care and reduce costs. Learn about key issues in health IT public policy.

Additional Resources

Iowa eHealth

Iowa Hospital Association (IHA)

Iowa Legislative Process

Iowa Legislator State District Maps

U.S. Legislative Process