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Health Bills Pass with Legislative Chambers

Advocacy Day  newsletter (April 9, 2021) – As the Senate and House worked their way through conference committee reports, several health-related bills passed legislative chambers as they make their way to Governor Laura Kelly's desk.

Senate Bill 170 enacts compact legislation to create the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact and the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact. Senate Bill 170 passed in the House by a vote of 119-4.

Senate Bill 238, which includes the original contents of House Bill 2280, which would amend and update the Pharmacy Act and was supported by the Kansas Hospital Association, was added with amendments to the Emergency Medical Services Act to clarify the oversight provided by medical directors with regard to emergency medical services and provides an alternate procedure for the appointment of a medical director. Senate Bill 238 passed in the House by a vote of 116-7.

House Bill 2208, which includes the KHA-sponsored Rural Emergency Hospital designation bill, was added to Conference Committee Report on Senate Substitute for House Bill 2208. The report now also includes certification and funding of certified community behavioral health clinics; authorizes the issuance of telemedicine waivers for the practice of telemedicine by out-of-state health care providers; expands temporary practice permits for the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. The legislation passed the Senate on a vote of 34-4 and in the House on a vote of 120 to 2.