March 17, 2017 | Bill Tracker
Prepared by: Dodie Wellshear, Ad Astra Government Relations
Senate to Take Up
Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee will begin hearings on HB 2044,* the KanCare
expansion bill sent over from the House, on Monday. HB 2044 originally would
have required “clubhouse recreational” mental health programs to be covered under
KanCare. However, after a bill to expand KanCare was stalled in the House
Health and Human Services Committee, Rep. Susan Concannon, R-Beloit, moved to add
the contents of the expansion bill into HB 2044 in floor debate. The bill passed
the House, 81-44.
Senate hearings begin on Monday, March 20, with testimony from the proponents.
Dr. Jeremy Presley, Dodge City, will present on behalf of KAFP. His testimony
will focus on the obligation physicians have to their patients and on personal
stories of patients that have had poorer health outcomes, due to their lack of
hearings will continue on Tuesday, with testimony from those who oppose or are neutral
on the bill, with committee action expected later in the week.
Psychiatry Student Loan
SB 32*, a bill that would establish
loans and scholarships for psychiatry students and residents, is now on its way
to the governor for signature. These mirror the Medical Student Loan Program
and the Medical Residency Bridge Program, currently available to those planning
to practice primary care in an under-served county in Kansas.
originally opposed the legislation, because it would have simply added
psychiatry to the list of specialties allowed under the programs for primary
care. The Senate amended the bill to establish separate programs for
psychiatry, before sending it to the House for consideration. Once the separate
programs were provided in SB 32, KAFP removed its opposition and testified in
support of the bill in the House Health and Human Services Committee.
bills aimed at restoring the four-percent cuts to KanCare providers, SB 94* and HB 2180*, received legislative
action in the last week. Both bills increase the privilege fees on MCOs to
5.77%, with the first proceeds of the increase going to restore the provider
cuts initiated in 2016. SB 94 goes on to say that any remaining funds would go
into the KanCare program for medical assistance payments. The bill passed the
2180 expends the proceeds from the privilege fee increase in a three-tiered
priority, beginning with the provider cut restoration. Following that, the bill
requires $3.5 million in FY 2018 and $15 million in subsequent years be
provided for care by community mental health centers. Finally, any remaining
funds would stay in the KanCare program for medical assistance. HB 2180 was
voted favorably out of the House Appropriations Committee and awaits action by
the full House.
bill, HB 2065, had a hearing in the
House Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday. It is similar, except it
would also increase the fees on hospital providers. KAFP entered testimony
supporting the MCO increase, but opposing the increase on hospitals.
his budget, Governor Brownback called for the fee increases, but would have had
any funds remaining after the restoration of provider cuts shifted to the State
General Fund and not dedicated to Medicaid services.
Family Doctor of the
you to the following for providing Family Doctor of the Day services for the
Kansas Legislature this past week: Dr.
R.C. Trotter, Dodge City; Dr. John Feehan,
Olathe; Dr. Todd Miller, Wichita; and
Dr. Deb Doubek, Manhattan.
service you provide is appreciated, especially at a time when most legislators
are away from their hometown physicians.
Committee Hearings Week
of March 20-24
are committee hearings related to KAFP priorities. Please note, the calendar is
subject to change.
am, S-Public Health & Welfare, Room 346-S
Hearing on: HB 2044 –
KanCare Bridge to a Healthy Kansas Program (proponents)
am, H-Federal & State Affairs, Room 346-S
HB 2307 – Withholding
life-sustaining treatment from patients under 18 y/o
HB 2308 – Suicide evaluation
upon admission to certain treatment facilities
am, S-Public Health & Welfare, Room 548-S
Hearing on: HB 2044 –
KanCare Bridge to a Healthy Kansas Program (opponents and neutral)
am, S-Public Health & Welfare, Room 118-N
Hearing: HB 2217* – Standards regarding
emergency opioid antagonists
available, bill numbers link to Supplemental Notes, which provide explanations
and details of the bills.