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February 13, 2017

Legislature faces first deadline

As we approach the first legislative deadline, the work of the legislature as it pertains to healthcare is coming into clearer focus. Unless a bill has been exempted from legislative deadlines by the House Speaker or Senate President, it must have had a hearing and passed the body of origin by the end of this week to remain "alive" for the remainder of the session. Though there have been a number of hearings on a variety of topics, the bulk of the work affecting the health care community has been focused on KanCare administrative simplification and standardization, restoring reimbursement rates for Medicaid providers, Medicaid expansion, immunization reporting and telemedicine.

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