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We are dedicated to helping our clients advance their missions and priorities in order to bring about positive change. Our past successes are indicative of what we can do for you; they are diverse in nature and allow us to have bi-partisan relationships at the state and federal levels. On multiple issues, we work closely and collaboratively with other organizations, legislative and congressional leaders, legislative staff, the Governor’s Office, and other state agencies and departments. Examples of past work include:

  • Collaborated with a coalition to pass legislation that establishes exceptions to a health plan’s step therapy protocols (also known as “fail first”), thus strengthening the physician-patient relationship and protecting access to treatments for patients with chronic conditions.
  • Developed and implemented a multi-year campaign to pass and implement a comprehensive compassionate medical cannabis program which allows for growing and distribution of cannabis in Iowa.
  • Passed a comprehensive bill to lower drug costs while improving transparence by setting out the pathway for pharmacists to substitute biological drug products for which the FDA has determined they may substitute for prescribed brand-name biologics.
  • Led a coalition of advocates to pass legislation to improve access to medication for rare diseases by requiring Medicaid to consult medical experts in their decision-making process.
  • Passed legislation that allows access to Epidiolex, a medication with CBD for rare forms of Epilepsy, if it has successfully completed the FDA process.
  • Amended Iowa’s “Move Over, Slow Down” law to define “utility maintenance vehicle” and broaden the definition to include a broad array of vehicles that need space to do their job on Iowa’s roadsides.
  • Passed legislation to place county emergency managers on local 911 service boards.
  • Advanced two pieces of legislation that addressed distracted driving.  One made texting while driving a “primary” offense, making Iowa’s no-texting-while-driving law enforceable for the first time.  The second addressed distracted driving, providing enhanced punishments for drivers that cause a death while using an electronic device.
  • Increased tuition grant funding for Cosmetology and Barber students by incorporating their program into the For-Profit Tuition Grant Program.
  • Mobilized consumers & advocates to pass legislation that require private insurance companies to prior approval requests for medicine within 72 hours for urgent claims.
  • Developed and implemented a multifaceted campaign of various stakeholders to pass the Medical Cannabidiol Act.
  • Passed legislation requiring private insurance companies to ensure co-pay equity for physical, occupational, and speech therapy services.
  • Supported the enactment and funding of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act.
  • Implemented a multiyear campaign to pass polysomnography licensing legislation, which requires background checks and appropriate training for sleep professionals.
  • Secured inclusion of the Iowa Dental Home Plan in the Health & Human Services Appropriations Bill to provide dental care for adults.
  • Mobilized consumers to pass legislation that requires private insurance companies to offer a benefit for necessary prosthetic devices.
  • Worked to update the definition of “diabetes” in state insurance code and increased the number of training and education hours available for patients diagnosed and living with diabetes.
  • Worked with stakeholders to implement Medicaid Expansion and ACA Exchange health care plans that cover multiple services while ensuring affordable plans.
  • Lead a multi-year campaign to pass the Healthy Kids Act of 2008 that established health, nutrition and CPR certification requirements for students, school districts and accredited non-public schools.
  • Managed a multi-year campaign for the passage of the Smoke Free Air Act.
  • Lead the initiative to address the issue of concussions in high school sports that established a training and education program for coaches, teachers and staff and requires a medical release for reentry into sports play.
  • Passed legislation that included Emergency Management Commissions in the Iowa Mutual Aid Compact (IMAC).
  • Passed legislation requiring safe installation and operation of inter connections between distributive generation facilities and electric distribution systems.
  • Passed legislation improving the management and funding for local Emergency Management Commissions.
  • Developed and implemented a multiyear campaign to raise the tobacco tax by $1.00.
  • Equalized the E911 wireless surcharge and the wireline surcharge at $1.00, providing an increase in resources to Public Safety Answering Points.
  • Passed legislation to allow Iowa to enter into the State Authorization Reciprocity agreement.
  • Passed legislation requiring vision screenings for school aged children.
  • Worked to maintain Iowa Code sections to ensure appropriate standardized education assessments are implemented as intended.
  • Facilitated and passed municipal recreational facility liability reform.
  • Developed and implemented the legislative plan that ultimately lead to the decriminalization of HIV transmission.
  • Passed two of the largest veteran tax reduction bills in Iowa history — Military retirement pay income tax exemption and elimination of property taxes for 100% service connected disabled veterans.
  • Worked to improve the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund and fund through Iowa lottery ticket proceeds.
  • Implemented educational and hour requirements for County Veteran Affairs Offices.
  • Established funding for the Local Food and Farm Plan.
  • Worked to ensure the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit program is fully utilized.
  • Highlighted the need for Iowa’s farmers to own renewable electrical generation.
  • Protected Iowa’s water quality by defeating harmful policies that degrade our waterways.
  • Secured infrastructure funding for Regents’ institutions, Easter Seals, rural YMCAs, water trails, and dam mitigation.
  • Secured state general fund dollars for the Easter Seals Rural Solutions Program, state Epilepsy Program, state Hepatitis Education and Outreach Program, AIDS Drug Assistance Program, children’s vision screenings, Cosmetology and Barber Tuition Grant Program, Children’s Obesity Prevention Program, Vaccines for Children program (VFC), Free Clinics, Refugee Programs, Iowa Collaborative Safety Net Provider Program, Drug Repository Program, the state Tobacco Control Program, Refugee support program, veteran’s programs, brain injury programs and services, HCBS Waiver, cancer screening programs, preschool programs, childcare assistance programs, and Healthy First Five initiative.
  • Passed and secured funding for the Volunteer Health Care Provider Program that provides malpractice coverage for volunteer providers in a free clinic setting.
  • Worked to establish the Rural Primary Care Physician Loan Repayment Program and $1.7 million in funding annually.
  • Assisted in the creation and $400,000 in funding of the Rural Iowa Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Loan Repayment Program.
  • Lead the initiative to establish a home modification grant program to help older Iowans living with a disability stay in their home to avoid costly long-term care.
  • Implemented a campaign of various stakeholders to pass the Medical Cannabidiol Act.
  • Facilitated multiple, statewide campaigns to educate and enroll Iowa’s seniors in Part D of the Medicare Modernization Act.
  • Protective maintenance of Iowa Code language exempting specific classes of pharmaceuticals from the Iowa Medicaid Preferred Drug List.
  • Protected electrical licensing and inspection rules.
  • Engaged Iowa cities on treating municipal ash trees for Emerald Ash Borer.
  • Facilitated outreach to federal agencies and elected officials to increase the biodiesel production level within the Renewable Fuel Standard.
  • Implemented an outreach campaign to expand wind energy production in federal programs and in Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri.
  • Developed and facilitated a grassroots campaign to support Marriage Equality legislation.
  • Established the Healthiest State Initiative’s Day on the Hill while assisting them with getting their message to all legislators.
  • Implemented hundreds of lobby day events and programs for multiple organizations.
  • Developed a pamphlet for presidential candidates and other elected officials highlighting the personal stories of 9 Iowans living with chronic disease.
  • Completed national campaigns to support and pursue FDA regulation of tobacco products and oversight of drug classes.
  • Developed and implemented a media campaign to support concussion legislation which included a joint press event with the NFL.
  • Managed the Iowa Cosmetology School Association response to Des Moines Register Editorials on licensing.
  • Organized numerous successful press conferences and media availabilities for the Partnership for Better Health, Brain Injury Alliance, Iowans 4 Cannabis, AstraZeneca, and the Epilepsy Foundation.
  • Assisted in the development and placement of over 100 opinion editorials and letters to the editor for the Renewable Energy Group, Partnership for Better Health, Pfizer, and other lobbying clients.
  • Scheduled and attended successful editorial board visits for the Interfaith Alliance to discuss Marriage Equality.
  • Coordinated a back to school media campaign to encourage Iowans to vaccinate their kids.
  • Managed awareness media campaign for Pfizer on diabetic peripheral neuropathy and fibromyalgia.
  • Developed relationships with on air radio and television personalities to place numerous interviews.
  • Planned a four part series on the need for reducing the cost of chronic disease for the November Sweeps on WHO-TV
  • Engage Partnership for Better Health advocates through regular Facebook and Twitter posts.
  • Hosted several social media training events for non-profit organizations engaged in the Partnership for Better Health.
  • Manage direct mobile device correspondence for the IBEW Iowa State Conference.
  • Provided advocacy training to Des Moines University students in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant programs.
  • Provided advocacy training to Visiting Nurse Services and Hospice of Central Iowa staff.
  • Developed and presented a program on public engagement for the Governor’s Conference on Public Health.
  • Delivered several presentations on multiple topics for the Commission on Tobacco Use Prevention and Control for the Commission members and their statewide grantees.
  • Provided advocacy training and programs to numerous public health and patient advocacy organizations including the YMCA, LLS, Epilepsy Foundation, Brain Injury Alliance, Free Clinics of Iowa, Easter Seals Iowa, Alzheimer’s Association, ARC Iowa, CHAIN, Iowa Retail Federation, Tobacco Community Partnerships, Substance Abuse Coordinators, Community Health Charities and others.
  • Executed a Lobbying 101 and Grassroots Advocacy program to the Iowa Association of Executives for multiple years.
  • Developed and maintained a statewide campaign and partner network of over 65 organizations to educate national leaders and Iowans on the true cost of chronic disease.
  • Developed and implemented a 25 member network of health care organizations who advocate with state and federal policy makers on the issues of access to care and the cost of medicine.
  • Developed a targeted healthcare campaign to educate and mobilize stakeholders to engage in the Iowa caucus process.
  • Developed and implemented multi-state campaigns to engage the public and educate presidential candidates on cancer issues.
  • Developed a campaign targeted to educate policy makers at the state and federal levels on how innovation is essential to economic development on behalf of a worldwide animal health facility.
  • Increased the percentage of surcharge funding available to E911 centers throughout the state.
  • Led the initiative to pass legislation creating a turtle-harvesting season.
  • Passed legislation allowing local emergency managers to run for elected office.
  • Facilitated an agreement on Pesticide Drift Testing between IDALS and the State Hygienic lab to improve testing response times for local farmers.
  • Worked to improve access to employment opportunities for veterans returning to Iowa by passing Veteran’s Preference legislation.
  • Secured language allowing natural hair braiding professionals to practice without a full Cosmetology Arts and Sciences license.
  • Collaborated on Disaster Response legislation that exempts out-of-state businesses and employees performing disaster work from certain taxes, fees, licensing, and registration order to provide services in Iowa during a disaster.
  • Created social media campaigns for Partnership for Better Health in collaboration with other organizations to bring awareness to current health issues.
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