Friday, May 26, marked the 96th day of the Legislative Session and the third full week of the Wrap-Up Session. Though the work of the legislature has been limited to focus on K-12 funding, tax considerations and the budget, there has been little coalescing on any of these issues.
Legislative leaders have made clear their intent to first deal with tax policy, then K-12 and the budget last. But House and Senate negotiators have been unable to produce a tax proposal that is acceptable to either body, essentially stalling the session entirely. This week, legislators enter the fourth week of deliberation on these three issues and will likely surpass the 100-day mark as they head into Memorial Day weekend and could surpass the record set in 2015 for longest legislative session in Kansas history.
During this time, committees do not meet and very few issues are debated, allowing negotiators to spend the majority of their time working towards necessary compromise. Though the end is not yet in sight, it does appear that the restoration of KanCare provider reimbursement rates will be addressed before the legislature adjourns. Until then, we will continue to monitor the process to ensure that other issues affecting the practice of medicine do not arise unexpectedly.