Today, the Legislative Coordinating Council canceled their previously scheduled meeting, effectively allowing the June 15 expiration of the State's Emergency Disaster Declaration. The Legislative Coordinating Council, made up of legislative leaders, had been asked by Governor Laura Kelly late last week to consider an extension of the disaster declaration until July 15 and outlined the repeal of several executive orders related to the disaster declaration. Effectively, the expiration of the disaster declaration will end the last of the executive orders pertaining to the COVID-19 response. The complete list of executive orders in effect and rescinded/expired as of June 7 can be found online.
The following is a list of health-related orders expiring with the LCC's decision not to meet today:
Several of the significant provisions set to expire were anticipated during the legislative session and were addressed in state statute through Senate Bill 283, which amends law regarding the governmental response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Kansas and lasts through March of 2022. The legislation authorizes the continued use of telemedicine to allow out-of-state physicians to practice telemedicine in Kansas. The provisions also allow the Kansas Board of Healing Arts to grant temporary emergency licenses to practice the professions overseen by the board by a non-resident health care provider. In addition, the legislation will continue health care provider liability immunity coverage until March 31, 2022.
The legislation also extends provisions allowing for continued hospital facility usage flexibilities for COVID-19 response purposes, including allowing Critical Access Hospitals to exceed bed limits to address COVID-19 until March 31, 2022.