2020 Legislative Priorities


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.


KAFP supports expanding the number of Medicaid beneficiaries to include adults earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.


KAFP supports legislation to increase the age of tobacco and vaping purchase and use to 21.


KAFP supports public health efforts to increase immunization rates aligned with CDC recommendations and oppose further immunization exemptions.


KAFP supports legislation that ensures adequate payment for primary care services, including increasing the percentage of the overall healthcare spend in primary care which has been proven to decrease the overall cost of healthcare.


KAFP supports activities, programs and legislation to encourage physicians to practice in rural and underserved areas, and to retain their services once established there. Furthermore, 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.


KAFP supports public health efforts to reduce smoking and tobacco use and to address opioid abuse and treatment.


KAFP supports legislation to streamline prior authorizations and advancing electronic health records to reduce administrative delays and redundancy.


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.


KAFP supports legislation to address the environmental public health which includes clean air and water, as they relate to diseases such as asthma and lead poisoning. We further support legislation affecting infrastructure designed to have a positive impact on healthy lifestyles such as decreasing obesity.

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