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.
2020 Legislative Session: 1/13/2020 - 5/11/2020 (2019-2020 term). *Current session bill updates are ongoing. Check back weekly for updates.
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.