In the 2018 legislative term, Kansas passed the “Kansas Pharmacy Patients Fair Practices Act”, which helps covered persons make informed decisions regarding prescription and pharmacy services. The legislature also passed the Kansas Telemedicine Act (HB 2028).
In the 2017 legislative term, Kansas sought to expand its state Medicaid program. The bill, 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.
LEGISLATIVE CALENDARKansas’s current legislative session runs from 1/14/2019 – 5/10/2019. Bills from 2019 will carry over to 2020 as part of the 2019-2020 legislative term.
FY 2018 BUDGETKansas’ fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following year. Kansas enacted its FY 2018 Budget during the regular legislative session. To view Kansas’s FY 2018 Budget, click here.
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.