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May 20, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol: Veto Session Edition (May 20, 2022)

Kansas legislators will return to the Capitol for the final time this session on Monday, May 23, for Sine Die. Before their most recent break, which started April 29, legislators were focused on the Omnibus budget, motions to override Gov. Laura Kelly’s vetoes, and the Department of Education budget. Since then, Gov. Kelly has signed 13 bills and vetoed three. This edition of Health at the Capitol provides a summary of health-related bills from the 2022 Veto Session.

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April 25, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol: Spring Break Edition (April 25, 2022)

Between April 4 and April 19, Governor Laura Kelly signed 56 bills, including more than a dozen health-related bills, and vetoed seven bills, including three health-related bills. Legislators will return to the Capitol on Monday, April 25, for the Veto Session, and to work on the Omnibus budget bill. This edition of Health at the Capitol looks at health policy issues that were signed or vetoed by the Governor during Spring Break.

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April 08, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 12 (April 8, 2022)

Legislators passed several health-related bills before leaving for Spring Break early Saturday morning, April 2, including bills related to licensure of pharmacy benefit managers; short-term, limited duration health insurance plans; and occupational therapists’ scope of practice. The House adjourned at 1:25 a.m. and the Senate departed 10 minutes later. No final bills to eliminate or reduce the sales tax rate on food or to enact regulation of medical marijuana were passed. Both chambers will reconvene on Monday, April 25, for the Veto Session. This edition of Health at the Capitol looks at health policy issues that were discussed during the 12th week of the session.

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March 31, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 11 (March 31, 2022)

Legislators passed more than 100 bills by the end of Drop Dead Day on Wednesday, March 23, which was the last day for consideration of non-exempt bills in both chambers. These included bills dealing with suicide prevention; licensing of pharmacy benefit managers; short-term, limited duration insurance (STLDI) health plans; scope of practice for pharmacists, occupational therapists and advanced practice registered nurses; limitations on governmental actions related to contagious and infectious diseases; redistricting; and budget bills. Both chambers reconvened on March 28 for a week of conference committees and other work to be completed before First Adjournment on Friday, April 1. This edition of Health at the Capitol looks at health policy issues that were discussed during the 11th week of the session.

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March 24, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 10 (March 24, 2022)

Between March 14-18, legislators were busy passing bills out of committees in preparation for Drop Dead Day on March 23, the deadline for consideration of nonexempt bills. They worked bills dealing with licensure and training of health care providers, scope of practice for pharmacists, limits on the authority of public health officials, changes to child welfare services and the foster care system, eligibility for food assistance programs, licensure and regulation of pharmacy benefit managers, and the regulation of medical marijuana. Legislators also continued to review redistricting plans for both the House and Senate for the 2024 election cycle, and the Senate passed its first budget bill. This edition of Health at the Capitol looks at health policy issues that were discussed during the 10th week of the session.

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March 18, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 9 (March 18, 2022)

Despite another snowstorm, legislators met in person and virtually during the ninth week of the legislative session beginning March 7. They worked on bills related to workforce training; the regulatory authority of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and city and county health officials when dealing with contagious or infectious diseases; eligibility for food assistance; and amendments to the Kansas Emergency Management Act. Both Chambers continued to put together their budget proposals while the Senate Ways and Means Committee presented the GOP leadership plan for redistricting the 40 Senate districts for the 2024 election cycle. This edition of Health at the Capitol looks at health policy issues that were discussed during the ninth week of the session.

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March 11, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 8 (March 11, 2022)

Legislators returned from the Turnaround long weekend on Tuesday, March 1, and went back to work on bills related to the sales tax on food, forensic medical evaluations for children alleged to be victims of abuse and neglect, enhanced newborn screening, and standards for licensing laboratories testing medical marijuana. This edition of Health at the Capitol looks at health policy issues that were discussed during the eighth week of the session.

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March 02, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 7 (March 2, 2022)

Following Turnaround Day on Thursday, February 24, more than 40 health-related bills remain alive for legislators to consider when they return on March 1, including bills related to the sales tax on food, child welfare, scope of practice, eligibility for public programs, and the health care workforce. The Legislature also will return to work on redistricting and the budget. Learn more in the latest edition of Health at the Capitol.

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February 25, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 6 (February 25, 2022)

This edition of Health at the Capitol looks at health policy issues that were discussed during the sixth week of the Kansas legislative session, which began February 14. Committees were busy working nonexempt bills leading up to Turnaround Day on February 24, including implementation of the 988 Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Hotline, the timing of changes to the Medicaid program, updates to the eligibility requirements for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and regulation of supplemental nursing services agencies.

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