(April 5, 2019) – The first adjournment of the 2019 Kansas Legislative Session is today, as House and Senate members left Topeka without addressing the state's budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1. The legislature will reconvene on May 1 for its annual veto session and have revised revenue projections to assist in finalizing the state's budget. This legislative session has been sporadic on health care and hospital issues, as the discussions have ranged from KanCare expansion to corporate practice of medicine. Several other health care related topics have been considered, but not fully acted upon. Toward that end, a motion was made by Senator Anthony Hensley (D-Topeka) to pull House Bill 2066 (KanCare expansion) out of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee to be "placed under the line of general orders." That motion requires 24 votes to do so and will be considered on the first day of the Veto Session, which begins May 1.
Between now and the start of the veto session, many legislators will be hosting legislative events within their districts. This will be an opportune time to weigh in with your elected officials on issues such as KanCare. Should you need any assistance in reaching out to your elected official, please don't hesitate to contact us at (785) 233-7436.