Policy & Research


Issue Brief: 2015 Kansas Legislative Recap

Review of key health policy themes

By Andrea N. Hinton, Robert F. St. Peter, M.D. | September 08, 2015

Issue Brief: 2015 Kansas Legislative Recap
2015 Kansas Legislative Session (KHI/15-22), Kansas Health Institute, 2015

The 2015 Kansas legislative session was a historical one—marked primarily for its record length (113 days) and the passage of the largest tax increase in state history.

Health policy bills were at the forefront of many legislative discussions during the session, both as stand-alone issues and tied with debates over the budget. It is likely that key themes in these bills will return next session, especially with 2016 being an election year for legislators.

The Kansas Health Institute has prepared (for the first time) a legislative recap brief entitled 2015 Kansas Legislative Session: A Review of Key Health Policy Themes, highlighting major themes in health policy bills that were introduced during the 2015 Kansas legislative session.

Such themes include:

  • Medical marijuana
  • Medicaid expansion
  • KanCare
  • Scope of authority and practice
  • Alcohol/tobacco

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.