Policy & Research


Issue Brief: 2017 Legislative Preview

Anticipating key health policy themes

By Carlie J. Houchen, M.P.H., Linda J. Sheppard, J.D., Kari M. Bruffett | January 04, 2017

Issue Brief: 2017 Legislative Preview

The Kansas Health Institute has prepared an issue brief entitled 2017 Kansas Legislative Preview, which provides an overview of health policy issues that are likely to receive attention during the 2017 Kansas legislative session.

Since the 2016 election, the political makeup of the Legislature has shifted, as has Congress and the White House. Health policy bills were at the forefront of many legislative discussions last session, and some of those issues are expected to re-emerge. The brief also looks at new issues that may be considered and provides an overview of the state’s fiscal year 2017 budget, which will likely occupy much of the legislature’s time this session.

Key health policy issues include:

  • KanCare
  • Medicaid expansion
  • Scope of authority and practice
  • State mental health hospitals
  • Prescription painkillers/Opioid addiction
  • Medical marijuana
  • Prescription drug costs
  • Telemedicine/Telehealth

The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.