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February 24, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Register Now — 2021 KHI Health Policy Series: Bring It!

For five lunch hours over three weeks, the Kansas Health Institute is offering a series of health policy conversations. Beginning February 16, grab your lunch and join us online every Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 1:00 PM CST for a free-flowing discussion about critical topics. Whether it’s your lunch, your questions or your opinion, be sure to bring it!

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February 24, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 6 (February 24, 2021)

While Kansans dealt with days of bitter, subzero temperatures, threatening wind chills, and power outages, lights were dimmed in the Capitol to conserve energy and activity was limited during the early part of the week but returned to business as usual as the week wore on. Legislators, many working from home, considered bills related to rural emergency hospitals, a new provider type recently created by federal law; scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses (APRN); telemedicine; and licensure of dental therapists. 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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February 18, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 5 (February 18, 2021)

While Kansans prepared for the start of a bitter cold snap, legislators considered bills related to behavioral health, telemedicine, child welfare, and protections for older adults, and continued to receive updates about the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. 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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February 11, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 4 (February 11, 2021)

While many Kansans were focused on the Kansas City Chiefs and anticipating a repeat Super Bowl win, legislators considered several bills related to the welfare of children, and Gov. Laura Kelly announced legislation to expand Medicaid (KanCare) that would also establish a regulatory framework to legalize medical marijuana and offset the state costs of expansion.

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February 11, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Medicaid Expansion Bill Tracker (February 2021)

On February 1, Governor Laura Kelly announced a new proposal to expand eligibility for Medicaid in Kansas as allowed under the Affordable Care Act. The proposal builds on previous legislation to expand the program but creates a new funding mechanism for the state share of expansion: revenues from the legalization of medical marijuana. This new table summarizes the main policy elements of previously proposed legislation to expand Medicaid in Kansas, and how those provisions relate to the new proposal announced by the Governor.

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February 03, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 3 (February 3, 2021)

During the week leading up to a very subdued celebration of Kansas Day, the 160th birthday of the state, legislators focused on a wide variety of health-related issues including COVID-19, behavioral health, social service agency budgets, and a constitutional amendment concerning abortion. Learn more about Week 3 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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January 27, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 2 (January 27, 2021)

After the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday on Monday, January 18, Kansas legislators resumed their work with a lighter than usual schedule after a number of committee meetings were canceled in response to threats linked to the presidential inauguration. Fortunately, things remained peaceful and legislators were able to work through several issues that were initiated during the first week of the session. Learn more about Week 2 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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January 19, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 1 (January 19, 2021)

The 2021 session began on Monday, January 11, under the shadow of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its potential impact on the session, as well as the possibility of protests at the Capitol around the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. With access to the Capitol limited due to COVID-19 precautions, legislators conducting virtual committee meetings and chamber sessions encountered audio/visual difficulties, which also proved challenging for conferees and other interested parties. Despite these challenges, the Legislature was hard at work throughout the week. 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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