Faith, Hope & Charity hosted a Legislative Coffee for state and local legislators on December 2nd, 2016 to discuss disability-related issues that state legislators will be addressing in the next Legislative session beginning in January. Senator Mark Segebart (R-Vail) and Representative Gary Worthan (D-Storm Lake) attended the event held at FHC’s Community Service Center.
A central point of discussion was the 2016 implementation of Medicaid Managed Care in Iowa, and how it is impacting people served, their families, and service providers. Senator Segebart, who sits on the Health and Human Services subcommittee, also shared his views of the implementation from the legislative perspective, and discussed the work of the Managed Care Oversight committee which was meeting at the statehouse the following day.
According to FHC Executive Director Cindy Wiemold, “FHC values our relationships with our local and state legislators, and we believe it’s important for our legislators to understand how the votes they place at the Iowa statehouse affect the people with disabilities, and their families, that our legislators represent. Out here is where their decisions impact people’s lives. This is a great opportunity for providers and Board members to share those stories with our legislators.” FHC and FHC Foundation Board members, as well as staff from FHC, Genesis Development, Ida Sheltered Industries, and Cherokee Work Services were also in attendance.