KANSAS

Overview

In the 2019 legislative session, Kansas introduced several bills to regulate the health insurance market. SB 35/HB 2053 would require companies that utilize short term limited duration health insurance policies to disclose information to enrollees regarding the Affordable Care Act requirements concerning preexisting conditions and minimum essential coverage. The legislature also targeted the regulation of association health plans.  Just as in 2017, the state again sought to expand its state Medicaid program. In 2017, HB 2044 passed in the House and the Senate, but was vetoed by the Governor.

In recent legislative sessions, the state introduced, but did not pass, legislation that would have advanced price transparency. SB172 would require healthcare entities to disclose to patients the “allowed amount” an entity may charge patients for services, and SB122 would require hospitals to disclose facility fees to patients. 

The State Database

The Source tracks state activities impacting healthcare price and competition in both legislation and litigation in a searchable database to help stakeholders at the state level understand their legal and regulatory environment as they make efforts to improve access, quality, and efficiency, and reduce costs in healthcare.

LEGISLATION: The Database of State Laws Impacting Healthcare Cost and Quality (SLIHCQ), created by The Source on Healthcare Price & Competition and Catalyst for Payment Reform, catalogues state legislation governing price transparency, provider market power, provider payment, provider networks, and benefit design. The database also includes pharmaceutical legislation beginning in the 2017-2018 legislative session. *Note: Current legislative session bill updates are ongoing. Check back weekly for updates. 

LITIGATION: The Source tracks major litigation and antitrust enforcement action by federal entities (FTC or DOJ), state attorney generals, and private parties in the main provider and insurer markets, particularly legal challenges of healthcare consolidation and anticompetitive contract provisions. Additionally, the database contains major pharmaceutical cases including legislation challenges and significant appellate cases.

Search the database across all jurisdictions on the State Overview page, or view and filter existing legislation or litigation on individual state pages. The database allows customized search and filter by keyword, status, and/or key issue category. *Multiple filter/selections enabled. Click here for User Guide.

 

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© 2018-2019 The SLIHCQ DatabaseInitial funding for this project was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
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Additional Resources

LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

Kansas’s latest legislative session ran from 1/14/2019 – 5/10/2019. Bills from 2019 will carry over to 2020 as part of the 2019-2020 legislative term.

FY 2020 BUDGET

Kansas operates on an annual budget with the fiscal year beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30 of the following year. Kansas enacted its FY 2020 Budget during the regular legislative session. Click here to view.

REGULATION & ENFORCEMENT

  • As a condition of the sale of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, Inc., which owned and operated two hospitals in Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties, California-based Prime Healthcare Services, Inc. have agreed with the Attorney General in 2013 to provide charitable care in the Kansas City and Leavenworth communities “at a level at least equal to that provided by the hospitals’ prior owner” for the next 5 years.

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