KDHA         Kansas Legislative Report             February 20, 2020

 

 

The 2020 Legislative Session is fast approaching its first major deadline, known as Turnaround. Turnaround is essentially the “halfway point” of the regular session in which most bills (except a few exempt committees) must be passed by their chamber of origin in order to continue through the process. Committees met furiously this week to hold hearings and recommend bills to be considered by the House and Senate on the floor. Next week will see committees meet on Monday to wrap up lingering issues with Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday dedicated for the House and Senate to debate bills on the floor.

 

The next few days of session are critical as hundreds of bills are expected to die on February 27 if they are not passed by their chamber of origin. Since the 2020 session is the second of the two- year session cycle, this includes 2019 proposed bills that became active again on the first day of session.

 

Medicaid Expansion and the proposed constitutional amendment dealing with abortion are still the two elephants in the room, slowing the session’s momentum and grinding other health policy related bills to halt. The Senate Public Health & Welfare Committee considered action on the Medicaid Expansion Bill but failed to recommend it out of committee.

 

Two other major issues, beyond the state budget, captured attention as committees made progress on legalizing sports betting and approving a new comprehensive transportation plan. KDOT’s Forward plan, contained in HB 2588 and SB 375, attracted a score of proponents with no opposition in the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Ways & Means Committee. The Senate Federal & State Affairs Committee advanced SB 283, which would allow folks within the state of Kansas to place wagers on sporting events while at a casino or on an interactive application on their phone.

 

With the health committees not meeting for hearings this week, most health policy bills will die by Turnaround, unless bills are transferred to exempt committees next week. This reality halts

 

Dental health bills subject to the Turnaround deadlines include several bills tracked by KDHA, including the following:

 

  • SB 349- Oral Health Kansas’ Oral Health Plan Bill.

  • HB 2633- Establishes requirements relating to how certain health insurers treat dental care service claims.

  • HB 2630- Provides updates to the Kansas Dental Practice Act relating to discipline and procedures.

 

More information should be available at the end of next week on the status of these bills.

 

SB 363, which appropriates funds for primary care and dental clinics, resides in the Senate Ways & Means Committee where the bill will remain alive. No hearing has been scheduled at this time.

 

 


Thank you and please let us know any questions. Bill matrix below. Travis Lowe

 

 

Below you will find the bill number, bill subject, current Status and the last action.

 

SB 2

 

Jim Denning, R-8th

Establishing the federal medical assistance percentage stabilization fund; limiting transfers from such fund, specified uses

In Senate Public Health and Welfare

05/29/2019 - Senate

Withdrawn from Ways and Means; referred to Public Health and Welfare

 

SB 11

 

Robert G. (Bob) Bethell Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight

Establishing the licensure of dental therapists

In Senate Public Health and Welfare

01/15/2019 - Senate Referred to Public Health and Welfare

 

 

SB 54

 

Senate Ways and Means Committee

Establishing the KanCare bridge to a healthy Kansas program

In Senate Public Health and Welfare

01/30/2019 - Senate Referred to Public Health and Welfare

 

 

SB 246

 

Anthony Hensley, D-19th

Expanding medicaid eligibility by enacting the KanCare bridge to a healthy Kansas program

In Senate Public Health and Welfare

01/15/2020 - Senate Referred to Public Health and Welfare

 

SB 252

 

Jim Denning, R-8th

Expanding medical assistance eligibility and implementing a health insurance plan reinsurance program

In Senate Public Health and Welfare

02/12/2020 - Senate

Scheduled Discussion and Possible Action in Public Health and Welfare: Thursday, 2/20, 9:30 AM, Rm 118-N

 

 

SB 349

 

Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee

Establishing a state oral health plan and Medicaid dental benefits and revising the dental practices act

In Senate Public Health and Welfare

01/31/2020 - Senate Referred to Public Health and Welfare

 

 

SB 363

 

Senate Ways and Means Committee

Making appropriations to KDHE, division of public health, for fiscal years 2021 and 2022 for primary care clinics or dental clinics

In Senate Ways and Means

02/06/2020 - Senate

Referred to Ways and Means

 

SB 366

 

Senate Commerce Committee

Expanding the expedited occupational licensure provisions for military servicemembers and spouses to all license applicants

In Senate Commerce

02/19/2020 - Senate

Scheduled Final Action in Commerce: Friday, 2/21, 8:30 AM, Rm 548-S

 

 

HB 2011

 

Nick Hoheisel, R-97th

Sales tax exemption for required textbooks

In House Taxation

02/07/2019 - House

Scheduled Hearing in Taxation: Tuesday, 2/12, 3:30 PM, Rm 112-N

 

 

HB 2066

 

House Health and Human Services Committee

Expanding medicaid eligibility by enacting the KanCare bridge to a healthy Kansas program

In Senate Public Health and Welfare

05/01/2019 - Senate

Motion to pull from Committee failed; Yeas 23, Nays 13 (24 votes required)

 

Related Bills:

HB 2102: Contents of HB 2066 replaced by contents of HB 2102 by House Committee of the Whole

 

HB 2102

 

House Appropriations Committee

Establishing the KanCare bridge to a healthy Kansas program

In House Appropriations

01/30/2019 - House

Referred to Appropriations

 

Related Bills:

HB 2066: Contents of HB 2066 replaced by contents of HB 2102 by House Committee of the Whole

 

HB 2298

 

House Health and Human Services Committee

Allowing the assignment of dental insurance benefits under the state healthcare benefits program

In House Health and Human Services

02/14/2019 - House

Referred to Health and Human Services

 

 

 

HB 2307

 

House Health and Human Services Committee

Establishing non-covered dental benefits under health insurance plans and limitations on plan changes

In Senate Public Health and Welfare

04/03/2019 - Senate Referred to Public Health and Welfare

 

 

HB 2453

 

Bill Rhiley, R-80th

Creating the open borders for Kansas jobs act; recognizing professional licenses issued by other jurisdictions

In House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development

01/17/2020 - House

Referred to Commerce, Labor and Economic Development

 

 

HB 2506

 

Chris Croft, R-8th

Expanding the military spouse and servicemember's expedited licensure law to certain other license, certificate or registration applicants

In House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development

02/06/2020 - House

Scheduled Hearing in Commerce, Labor and Economic Development: Thursday, 2/13, 1:30 PM, Rm 112- N

 

 

HB 2630

 

House Health and Human Services Committee

Updating certain provisions of the Kansas dental practice act

In House Health and Human Services

02/12/2020 - House

Referred to Health and Human Services

 

 

HB 2632

 

House Health and Human Services Committee

Authorizing the sale of smoking cessation aids to individuals who are are least 16 years of age

In House Health and Human Services

02/12/2020 - House

Referred to Health and Human Services

 

 

HB 2633

 

House Health and Human Services Committee

Establishing requirements relating to how certain health insurers treat dental care service claims; reimbursements; prior authorization; denials

In House Health and Human Services

02/12/2020 - House

Referred to Health and Human Services