Last night, after months of concerted effort by KPhA and several other provider organizations, the Kansas House voted 101-18 to approve the restoration of the fiscal year 2017 KanCare cuts. The Kansas Senate voted on the bill on Saturday, with it passing 32-5. Now the bill goes to the Governor for signature.
The measure approved by the Legislature, which is the Conference Committee Report on HB 2079, restores the cuts to the KanCare Program that were effective July 1, 2016. These cuts included a reduction in the professional dispensing fee to pharmacies. For companies with fewer than 30 locations in the state the fee was reduced from $10.50 to $9.25, and for those with more than 30 locations the fee was reduced from $10.50 to $4.50.
Under this legislation, the professional dispensing fee will return to $10.50 for all pharmacies on July 1, 2017. Funds for the restoration will come from an increase to the Health Maintenance Organization privilege fee. This fee will increase from 3.11% to 5.77% as of January 1, 2018.
In addition to the professional dispensing fee being restored, the bill also restores medical service rates that were cut by 4%, a couple of other reductions that were specific to hospitals, and a 4.77% cut to long-term care rates.
If you have any questions about this bill please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 785-228-2327, extension 364.
Kansas Pharmacists Association