2018 Legislative Priorities


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


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 legislation that ensures adequate payment for physician services.


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


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.


KAFP supports public health efforts to address opioid abuse and treatment.


KAFP supports public health efforts to increase immunization rates, decrease obesity, encourage positive lifestyle changes, and reduce the risks of smoking, tobacco and e-cigarette use.


KAFP supports legislation that would reduce administrative hassles and paperwork, such as prior authorizations; and promote electronic health record advancements.


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.