Policy Priorities

IACP relentlessly advocates for community providers to build healthy communities so one day, all Iowans will live, learn and work in their community of choice. Below, you will see IACP's policy priorities for community providers and their 160,000 clients in 2021. This year is critical, as effects of the global pandemic have impacted all facets of life and business, creating an even greater need for IACP to continue relentless advocacy on behalf of Iowa's most vulnerable citizens. 

2021 Legislative Session Policy Priorities
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Click here to view a PDF of the Policy Priorities.

1. Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Workforce

  • Address the critical DSP workforce shortage to continue supporting Iowans living in their communities
  • Increase rates for HCBS/ID, HCBS/BI, Habilitation and ICF/ID to support DSP wage increases in order to attract and retain support staff
  • Click here to IACP's 2021 DSP Workforce Crisis One-Pager

2. Medicaid Oversight

  • Require IME to utilize Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) during cost reporting.
  • Implement an Independent Appeals Board to investigate habitually delayed Medicaid claim payments

3. Mental Health System Improvements

  • Require telehealth rate parity for mental health services
  • Support Iowans living in their communities through:
    • Expanding public transportation options
    • Funding supportive housing utilization
    • Increasing the availability of crisis services

Addressing the DSP Workforce Crisis

99% of disability service providers have DSP vacancies

Raising Wages is the First Step to Addressing the DSP Workforce Crisis 

As a leader in advocating for direct support professionals across the state, IACP has taken steps to outline recommendations for state leaders to address the DSP workforce crisis. Click here to view the DSP Workforce Crisis summary document.


Important Advocacy Documents (printable)


Track our advocacy progress:

IACP members are able to view real-time updates on the policy priorities and beyond to see relentless advocacy at work. The Weekly Bill Watch, a tracker for bills that affect community providers and their persons served, is published on Mondays during the legislative session. The Administrative Rules Watch, issued biweekly, tracks rule and regulation changes that affect community providers and their day-to-day business operations. These tools allow members to have relative and current information filtered to their needs.

Weekly Bill Watch (Members Only) Click here Administrative Rules Watch (Members Only) Click here