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2018 Kansas Legislative Recap (August 2018)

Key health policy bills

By Linda J. Sheppard, J.D., Hina B. Shah, M.P.H., Jason M. Orr, M.P.H. | August 02, 2018

2018 Kansas Legislative Recap (August 2018)

READ IT HERE — Issue Brief: 2018 Kansas Legislative Recap (August 2018)

The 2018 legislative session, the second year in a legislative biennium, or two-year cycle, began on Jan. 8, 2018, and adjourned on May 4, before the sine die midnight deadline.

While the legislators’ top priority this year was addressing the Kansas Supreme Court opinion issued in October 2017 that found the state had not adequately addressed school funding during the 2017 session, they did consider several key health policy issues including telemedicine, mid-level dental therapists, cannabidiol (CBD) and the renewal of KanCare. Medicaid expansion received a hearing this year but died on the Senate calendar. This recap describes the key health bills from the 2018 session and how they moved through the legislative process.

Stay tuned! KHI is preparing a 2019 Legislative Preview, which will provide a glimpse into the important health issues legislators may face in January.

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.