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Senate Public Health and Welfare Holds Hearing on Two Bills

Family (Jan. 25, 2022) – Today, the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, chaired by Senator Richard Hilderbrand (R-Galena), conducted hearings on two bills.

Senate Bill 121 makes amendments to the Kansas Dental Practices Act allowing the Kansas Dental Board to take disciplinary action against a dental licensee for failing to perform an examination of a patient prior to diagnosing and correcting malpositions of human teeth or initial use of orthodontic appliances. The bill sets provisions of what needs to be reviewed and provided for continuity of care purposes. Conferees highlighted complications related to teledentistry and patient outcomes.

The committee also began two days of hearing for Senate Bill 181. The legislation allows for the prescribing and dispensing of medications for off-label use to prevent and treat COVID-19 infections. The committee has coupled the bill language with a general informational hearing. The Kansas Hospital Association provided testimony. The Revisor's Office also provided an overview of the bill. The bill hearing will continue tomorrow.

The following bills also were presented to the committee:

  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts introduced a bill dealing with licensure for social workers and addiction counselors.
  • A committee member introduced a bill dealing with the childhood vaccination exemptions process, similar to what was passed during the 2021 special session but for childhood vaccines.