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Introduction

Introduction

The following bills of interest to medicine are among those being considered by policymakers and monitored by KMS during the current session of the Kansas Legislature.

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2022 Legislative Deadlines
February 24 — Turnaround Day: Last day to consider non-exempt bills in the chamber of origin.
March 23 — Last day to consider non-exempt bills in non-originating chamber.
April 1 — First Adjournment: No bills considered after this date except bills vetoed by governor, omnibus appropriations act, and omnibus reconciliations spending limit bill.
April 25 — Anticipated beginning of Veto Session.

COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response

2022 bill information
Allowing physicians to have patients sign a liability waiver for off-label use of prescription drugs.
 
2022 bill information
Regarding off-label medications for treating COVID-19 infections.
 
2022 bill information
A bill to allow individuals to not wear face coverings in places of public accommodation, to refuse vaccinations, and to access off-label medications.
 
2022 bill information
A bill to require childcare facilities and schools to grant religious exemptions from vaccination requirements without inquiring into the sincerity of the religious beliefs.
 
2022 bill information
Granting civil immunity for exposing another to infectious disease due to a lack of immunization, prohibiting an employer from taking adverse employment action based on an employee's immunization status, prohibiting the secretary of health and environment from requiring additional immunizations to attend a child care facility or school.
 
2022 bill information
Prohibiting an employer from taking any adverse employment against against an employee because of the employee's vaccination status.
 
2022 bill information
Prohibiting the secretary of health and environment from requiring COVID-19 vaccination for children attending school.
 
2022 bill information
Renewing certain provisions of law authorizing expanded practice by certain healthcare professionals and suspending certain licensure and other requirements for adult care homes.
 

KanCare program (Medicaid)

KanCare program (Medicaid)

 

2022 bill information
Prohibiting changes to the medical assistance program and requiring the extension of the current medical assistance program.
 
 

Kansas Emergency Management Act

Kansas Emergency Management Act

2021 bill information
Extends certain provisions of the governmental response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Kansas and providing certain relief related to health, welfare, property, and economic security during this public health emergency.
 
 

Medicaid expansion

Medicaid expansion

2021 bill information
Proposes expanding KanCare, the state's Medicare managed care program, in conjunction with allowing the legal use of cannabis for medical purposes.

 

Medical marijuana

Medical marijuana

2021 bill information
Allows the legal use of cannabis for medical purposes.

Proposes expanding KanCare, the state's Medicare managed care program, in conjunction with allowing the legal use of cannabis for medical purposes.

 

Nonphysician Practice of Medicine

Nonphysician Practice of Medicine

2021 bill information
Removes the requirement for a collaborative practice agreement between an APRN and a physician.

2021 bill information
Expands a pharmacist's scope of practice, allowing independent initiation of treatment by pharmacists, presumably for any health condition approved by the Board of Pharmacy.

 

2022 bill information
Expanding a pharmacist's scope of practice to include point-of-care testing for and initiation of treatment.

 

2022 bill information
Amending the advanced practice registered nurse authorized scope of practice to permit the prescribing of controlled substances without a supervising physician.

 

2022 bill information
Amending the advanced practice registered nurse authorized scope of practice to permit the prescribing of drugs without a supervising physician, among other things.


  
 

Telemedicine

Telemedicine

2022 bill information
Providing additional regulation and restrictions for out-of-state doctors to practice telemedicine in the state of Kansas.
2022 bill information
Defining in-state and interstate practitioners under the Kansas telemedicine act, establishing certain standards of care, requiring certain insurance coverage of in-state telemedicine services and establishing the Kansas telehealth advisory committee.

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