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August 19, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

2021 Kansas Legislative Recap (August 2021)

When the 2021 session gaveled in on Jan. 11, legislators immediately set their work on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how state government would respond to public health emergencies in the future. With the introduction of more than 100 health-related bills, legislators also worked many behavioral health, child welfare, and licensing and scope of practice bills, but fewer than 20 became law. Medicaid expansion briefly appeared but failed to receive any significant attention. This legislative recap examines some of the key health-related bills that were considered in 2021 and includes an issue brief, budget summary and bill tracker.

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April 19, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol: Special Edition Summary of Senate Bill 40 (April 19, 2021)

With many of the COVID-19 response executive orders issued by the Governor during 2020 and 2021 set to expire on March 31, 2021, legislators passed Senate Bill (SB) 40, which, among other provisions, modifies the procedure for the declaration and extension of a state of disaster emergency under the Kansas Emergency Management Act (KEMA), and extends the current disaster declaration to May 28, 2021. This special edition of Health at the Capitol provides a comprehensive review of the contents of that important bill. Health at the Capitol is a weekly summary providing highlights of the Kansas legislative session, with a specific focus on health policy related issues.

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April 13, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 13 (April 13, 2021)

Week 13 was a flurry of activity as legislators wrapped up work on dozens of bills, including several health-related bills, before adjourning the main session on Friday, April 9. Legislators will return from First Adjournment on May 3 for the Veto Session, when they will address various aspects of the budget. Learn more in our latest edition of Health at the Capitol, a weekly summary providing highlights of the Kansas legislative session, with a specific focus on health policy related issues.

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April 08, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 12 (April 8, 2021)

With legislators heading home for a long weekend on Wednesday, March 31, most of the action in Week 12 was on the floor of both chambers on Monday and Tuesday. However, a few committees did meet to discuss health-related topics and work a few bills, including one regarding medical marijuana. Learn more about action on health-related issues during Week 12 in our latest edition of Health at the Capitol, a weekly summary providing highlights of the Kansas legislative session, with a specific focus on health policy related issues.

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March 24, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 10 (March 24, 2021)

During the first full week after the Turnaround break, the Legislature passed a comprehensive bill that amends various provisions of the Kansas Emergency Management Act related to state of disaster emergencies, and worked on a number of health-related bills that had already passed one chamber. Learn more about action on health-related issues in our latest edition of Health at the Capitol.

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March 17, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 9 (March 17, 2021)

Legislators returned from the brief Turnaround break on Wednesday, March 10, but activity was light in the health-related committees. Learn more about the issues they discussed during Week 9 in our latest edition of Health at the Capitol, a weekly summary providing highlights of the Kansas legislative session, with a specific focus on health policy related issues.

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