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2017 KMS News Updates

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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Legislative update: February 6, 2017

Heading in to the fourth week of session, the Health committees have continued to work at a rapid pace. Below you will find a list of key issues KMS is following on behalf of the physician community.

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2017 Legislative session begins

The Kansas Legislature convened on January 9 to begin the 90-day session. Of the 165 legislators, about a third of them are serving in their first term and all are preparing for the difficult task of balancing the state budget and funding necessary services. Committees have begun meeting and bills have already begun to advance through the process.

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Health-related bills on the move

Three weeks into the 2017 legislative session, bills are moving at a rapid pace and committees are considering a host of issues affecting Kansas physicians.

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