Policy & Research


Issue Brief: 2016 Kansas Legislative Preview

Anticipating key health policy themes

By , Linda J. Sheppard, J.D. | January 06, 2016

Issue Brief: 2016 Kansas Legislative Preview

The Kansas Health Institute has prepared an issue brief entitled 2016 Kansas Legislative Preview, which provides an overview of health policy issues that are likely to receive attention during the 2016 Kansas legislative session.

Health policy bills were at the forefront of many legislative discussions last session. It is likely that key themes in these bills will return in 2016, especially since it is an election year for legislators. The brief also looks at new issues that may be considered and provides an overview of the state’s fiscal year 2016 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
  • Prescription drugs
  • Food sales tax
  • Alcohol/tobacco
  • Medical marijuana

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.