Governor Signs Bill Creating the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services

June 14, 2022

House File 2578 has been signed by Governor Kim Reynolds, creating a Department of Health and Human Services and providing a one-year transition period for IDPH and DHS to merge current functions into the new department. The legislation requires the transition departments to submit an initial written plan by September 30, 2022 detailing how functions will be merged. The transition is to accomplish the following:

  1. More efficiently and effectively manage health and human services programs that are the responsibility of the state.
  2. Establish a health and human services policy for the state.
  3. Promote health and the quality of life in the health and human services field.