To All KPhA Members and Friends:
Pharmacy had a successful 2017 Kansas Legislative Session!
Our three biggest priorities going into the Session all passed!
Am I over using exclamation points? I feel like I might be!!! No, it was a great session and we can use all the exclamation points we can get!!!!!!!!
After 113 days of thought, debate, and compromise, the 2017 Legislative Session ended on Saturday, June 10th. It was a session that ended tied for the longest in Kansas history. Even with the abundance of days for the Legislature to work, many are still wondering if the decisions on key issues such as increased K-12 education funding, increased taxes, and the refusal to expand Medicaid represent giving too much, not enough, or just the right amount.
One thing we know for sure is that Pharmacy had a successful session! Last !, I swear...maybe.
With your support, we were able to reverse cuts to professional dispensing fees that KanCare implemented in Fiscal Year 2016. By working hand-in-hand with other professional associations and our supporters in the Legislature, we will now see $13.0 million a year in professional dispensing fees being restored and paid to pharmacies across the state beginning July 1, 2017.
KPhA was also successful in our work with first responders, addiction service professionals, and the Board of Pharmacy to craft HB 2217, which was introduced and passed early in the Session. This bill creates the first statewide protocol for pharmacists’ distribution of a prescription medication. HB 2217 will allow pharmacists to distribute emergency opioid antagonists to patients. Hopefully, this will be the first of many legislative actions that allow pharmacists to provide services that will have a great impact on public and population health in Kansas.
Our last major push was to get the minimum patient age for pharmacists administered vaccines reduced to 6 years. While we did not get everything we wanted, through negotiations with the Legislators and the Kansas Medical Society, we were successful in getting the minimum age reduced to 12 while maintaining the current law of 6 years old for flu vaccine.
We also had several other items we were watching and commenting on during the Legislative Session. Attached to this email is a much more detailed narrative of the three actions listed above and those other items.
These are the kinds of positive impact we can have for Pharmacy in Kansas when we determine a goal, work with our partners and other stakeholders across the state, and inform Legislators of the good that pharmacists can do related to patient safety and better health outcomes.
We want to thank those of you who took up the charge and visited, called, or emailed your legislators during the session to make your opinions known. That kind of individual action, tied to the efforts of those of us who represent pharmacy day-in-and-day-out in Topeka, are what have allowed us to be successful.
2017 was a great year for Kansas Pharmacy, but we are just getting started!!!
Moving forward, we know that we have some weighty issues on our agenda for the 2018 Legislative Session. In order to prepare for a full Legislative agenda next year, we will be reaching out to you, other professional associations, Legislators, and the Governor’s Office over the next few months to set the stage for success in 2018.
To help us prepare for a successful campaign in 2018 please consider donating to the KPhA Political Action Committee NOW.
While elections are still 17 months away, we need to support those that support us through the coming months of their campaigns.
To donate to the KPhA-PAC go to our website HERE.Thank you for your time, thoughts, and support.
For details on these legislative achievements CLICK HERE