2017 Legislative Priorities
2017 Legislative Priorities:
KAFP is proud to provide the Family Doctor of the Day Program, now in its 39th
year of service to Capitol legislators, staff and visitors.
1. KAFP supports the development of joint regulations on APRN licensure, discipline, regulation and scope of practice, between physicians with Board of Healing Arts and APRNs with the Board of Nursing.
2. KAFP supports expanding the number of Medicaid beneficiaries to include adults earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.
3. KAFP supports legislation that ensures adequate payment for physician services.
4. KAFP supports activities, programs and legislation to encourage physicians to practice in rural and underserved areas, and to retain their services once established there.
5. KAFP supports legislation to provide adequate funding for graduate and undergraduate medical education for family medicine, including full funding for the Kansas Medical Student Loan Program, the KU Scholars in Rural Health program and other initiatives encouraging students to enter family medicine.
6. KAFP supports legislation that addresses access to affordable health care for all Kansans based on the model of a “patient-centered medical home” that is directed by a primary care physician.
7. KAFP supports public health efforts to increase immunization rates, decrease obesity and encourage positive lifestyle changes.
8. KAFP supports comprehensive legislation to protect Kansas citizens from the risks of smoking and tobacco use.
9. KAFP supports legislation that would reduce administrative hassles and paperwork, such as prior authorizations.
10. KAFP supports legislative and regulatory efforts to ensure that the term “doctor,” when used in the clinical setting, also includes the degree (i.e., MD, DO, DNP, DPT, PhD for psychologists, etc.) used to obtain licensure to practice. Furthermore KAFP supports retention of the use of the word “physician” for only doctors of allopathic and osteopathic medicine.