By Aaron Dunkel
I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you that took the time to reach out to legislators during the 2021 Kansas Legislative Session. This year I heard from more legislators than ever that they had been in a conversation with their local pharmacist or a pharmacist they knew.
We will need to continue to develop these relationships as we move into a 2022 Legislative Session that will see us push for meaningful PBM reform in Kansas, including regulatory oversight of the industry. We also anticipate additional bills to be before the Legislature addressing testing and instigating medication therapy, 340B protections, and payment for services.
A major milestone in the 2021 Kansas Legislative Session was reached last week with the adjournment of the Legislature until May 26, 2021. Upon their return, the Legislature will consider any Gubernatorial vetoes forwarded since adjournment and end the session for 2021. During the 2021 Legislative Session, only a few bills passed that directly and specifically affected pharmacy. Those include:
- SB 238, which amended the Board of Pharmacy’s regulatory and investigative authority, allows for telepharmacy in Kansas and contains a series of other technical updates, including updating the definition of “dispense.”
- HB 2066 expands the expedited licensure law currently in place for military spouses and service members to all applicants who have established or intend to establish residence in Kansas.
- SB 159 Section 20(c) requiring an interim committee be formed to review federal 340B requirements; the role of qualifying 340B providers, pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers, and pharmaceutical drug manufacturers in such program; the fiscal impact of such program on all participants; any recent federal or state law changes affecting such program; any recent marketplace developments of interest; and the impact of such program on healthcare payers, including insureds, self-insureds, and government programs. The committee will consist of 13 legislators, with the Speaker of the House appointing the Chair.
As we move into the Summer, we will be focusing our advocacy efforts on educating the Legislature on the behaviors of PBMs in Kansas and across the country and working to identify additional pharmacy champions within the Legislature.
After thoroughly reviewing the flurry of activity at the end of the session, we will be providing a full recap on bills we believe could impact your business in the next week or two.
If you have any questions about the bills mentioned above or any advocacy issue, please reach out to Aaron Dunkel.