INFORMATION BREACH: The department has announced there was a breach in personal information related to some Polk County social work assessments. The breach happened when confidential client data was transmitted outside of the DHS secure network during the assessment period of some abuse cases. There are no reports that the information was misused. About 2,000 letters have been mailed to individuals whose information was part of the breach. If you received a letter and you have questions, please click here.To see our press release, click here.
SUPERINTENDENT HONORED: Dr. Bhasker Dave, superintendent of the Independence Mental Health Institute, has received a Hall of Fame Award from the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce. The honor is given to outstanding citizens who have made a lasting impact in the area. Dr. Dave was recognized for his dedication to his profession and the community, including 46 years as a staff physician and psychiatrist, and 30 years as superintendent at the MHI. He received the award on February 22, 2014.
IOWA HEALTH AND WELLNESS PLAN: The Iowa Department of Human Services has announced the public comment period related to the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan 1115 waivers. The public comment period is to specifically address the differences in the waivers submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in August 2013, and the final waivers approved in December 2013. The 30-day public comment period closes on March 8, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. View the full public notice announcement here and view all other documents related to the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan at: http://www.ime.state.ia.us/iowa-health-and-wellness-plan.html.
EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT: This is a tax credit to help low to moderate income working individuals and families keep more of what you earned. Click here for more informtion on EITC.
FIP BENEFITS CHANGES: Beginning February 1, 2014, households found accessing FIP benefits at liquor stores, gambling establishments or adult entertainment venues will lose eligibility for a period and have to repay the amount accessed. For more details, click here.
IOWA JUVENILE: The Iowa Department of Human Services has found alternative placements for 21 youth currently served by the Iowa Juvenile Home and Girls State Training School in Toledo.Additional information can be found at http://www.dhs.iowa.gov/Consumers/Facilities/Toledo.html.
HEALTH CARE ASSISTANCE: Do you have questions about applying? You can apply online, by phone, by mail or in person at your local DHS office. And, we've streamlined the process for many Iowans already receiving assistance. For more information on applying for health coverage, click here. Questions about health care applications? Please see the recent information on applications submitted to HealthCare.gov.