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March 01, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

ICYMI: A Shot at COVID-19 Vaccine Policy — Virtual Event (March 1, 2022)

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of Kansans and pushed our hospital systems to their capacity. State and local governments across the U.S. continue taking varied approaches in policymaking to reduce the spread of the virus. On March 1, 2022, the Kansas Health Institute hosted a discussion on the tools used to mitigate COVID-19, with a focus on vaccine policy. Panelists examined factors related to vaccine equity and the impact current policymaking has on all vaccine types. Presenters also provided highlights from recent surveys on vaccine preferences of Kansans.

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February 24, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

ICYMI: Modernizing the Kansas Behavioral Health System — Virtual Event (February 24, 2022)

The Kansas Legislature is advancing the pages of the behavioral health playbook. The 2021 Special Committee on Kansas Mental Health Modernization and Reform was tasked with analyzing the Kansas behavioral health system and developing a strategic effort to modernize it. On February 24, 2022, the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) hosted a discussion of the latest recommendations developed by the Special Committee’s working groups, which included experts from across the state.

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February 22, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

ICYMI: Navigating the Medical Marijuana Landscape — Virtual Event (February 22, 2022)

Thirty-seven states (as of February 2, 2022) and the District of Columbia have approved comprehensive, publicly available medical marijuana/cannabis programs, while 11 states allow the use of "low THC, high cannabidiol (CBD)" products for medical reasons in limited situations or as a legal defense. On February 22, 2022, the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) hosted a virtual discussion about policy issues related to medical marijuana and compared laws in other states with provisions in two Kansas bills.

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February 17, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

ICYMI: The Cost of Care: Prescription Drugs in KanCare — Virtual Event (February 17, 2022)

State budgets continue to absorb significant cost increases related to pharmaceuticals, and the Kansas Medicaid program (KanCare) — at 16.7 percent of state general funds — is under the microscope for issues related to drug payments and discount reporting by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). On February 17, 2022, the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) hosted a virtual discussion and provided a brief overview of Medicaid pharmacy pricing, high-cost drugs, rebates and PBMs, along with a discussion of state policy options for controlling cost.

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February 15, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

ICYMI: Suicide in Rural and Frontier Kansas — Virtual Event (February 15, 2022)

State and local organizations established the Kansas Suicide Prevention Coalition in late 2021. As these groups work to address the rising rates of suicide statewide, the latest data available show rates of suicide are higher in the most rural parts of Kansas, known as frontier counties. On February 15, 2022, the Kansas Health Institute hosted a virtual discussion of federal and state strategies focused on reducing suicide in rural and frontier communities across Kansas.

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November 04, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

ICYMI: Virtual Event — County Health Rankings: Addressing Food Insecurity (November 4, 2021)

Hunger and food insecurity exist within every community in the United States and have been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic, negatively impacting the health of millions nationwide, including hundreds of thousands of Kansans. On November 4, 2021, the Kansas Health Institute, along with the Kansas Hospital Association, Kansas Food Bank, and Harvesters-The Community Food Network, hosted a virtual event that explored food insecurity.

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