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January 27, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 2 (January 27, 2022)

Last week, Kansas legislators were briefed on interim committee work related to services for Kansas older adults, children and persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Hearings were held on several bills, including one related to maternal deaths. This edition of Health at the Capitol looks at those health policy issues and more that were discussed during the second week of the session.

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January 20, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health at the Capitol Week 1 (January 20, 2022)

The 2022 session began on Monday, January 10, with all legislators and participants back inside the Capitol. This edition of Health at the Capitol looks at health policy issues considered during their first week, including the suicide prevention hotline, mid-level licensure, and child care regulations.

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January 07, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

2022 Kansas Legislative Preview (January 2022)

The Kansas Legislature faces many important issues when they return to work on Monday, January 10. This brief looks at health policy legislation that could be debated in 2022, such as COVID-19 related issues that arose during the November Special Session, new financial incentives for states that have not expanded Medicaid, recommendations for improving the Kansas behavioral health system, medical marijuana and more.

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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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