Policy & Research


2019 Kansas Legislative Preview (January 2019)

Anticipating key health policy themes

By Linda J. Sheppard, J.D., Sydney McClendon, Jason M. Orr, M.P.H. | January 11, 2019

2019 Kansas Legislative Preview (January 2019)

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On January 14, 2019, the first day of the 2019 Kansas legislative session, Sen. Laura Kelly (D-Topeka) will be sworn in as the 48th governor of Kansas. Republicans, meanwhile, continue to hold majorities in both chambers of the Legislature.

Against this backdrop, the Kansas Health Institute has produced this issue brief to provide an overview of the health-related topics that could be considered in 2019, including:

  • Medicaid expansion,
  • KanCare,
  • Reports and recommendations from the Mental Health Task Force, the Governor’s Substance Use Disorders Task Force and the Child Welfare System Task Force,
  • Behavioral health,
  • Opioids,
  • Medical marijuana,
  • Stabilization of the Kansas individual insurance market,
  • Child welfare system,
  • Prescription drug costs,
  • Food taxes,
  • Palliative care,
  • Rural broadband, and 
  • Dental therapists.

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.