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KPhA Advocacy 

KPhA represents the pharmacy profession in the legislative arena on the local, state and national level. We alert members to critical changes and pending legislation so members can proactively influence positive change and protect their profession. KPhA is committed to creating and supporting initiatives that help to advance pharmacy practice.

  • KPhA's Political Action Committee is instrumental in advocacy efforts and supports candidates that support pharmacy
  • KPhA works closely with the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy, the KU School of Pharmacy and other stakeholders on issues of importance to you
  • KPhA holds a Legislative Day annually at the Kansas Statehouse in February to acquaint association members with the legislative process, their House and Senate elected leaders and government officials to discuss important pharmacy issues
  • KPhA holds weekly conference calls with its members and professional lobbyist to keep them up-to-date on legislation during the session

KPhA has helped pass...

  • Successful Enactment of Audit Restrictions on Pharmacy Benefit Managers
  • Successful Building of the new KU School of Pharmacy Building
  • Successful Creation of Pharmacists as Immunizers
  • Successful Passage to Allow Pharmacists to Collaborate with Physicians
  • Successful Involvement in State Level Committees providing representation on key issues facing pharmacists, including, but not limited to: Kansas Board of Pharmacy, the KanCare Providers Work group, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Task Force, the Medicaid Drug Utilization Review (DUR) committee and Behavioral Health Advisory Committee
  • Established KPhA as the primary representative of pharmacy issues with key legislators and other state decision-makers
  • Involved in KanCare MCO contract development
  • Provided technical support and advice to the Legislative Post Audit review of the State Employee Health Plan PBM
  • Successful in passing SB 103 in 2016 for MAC Transparency regulations
  • On a national front, KPhA has helped with getting all 6 Kansas representatives to co-sponsor  SB 109 & HB 592  for National Provider Status in 2017
KPhA Lobbying Firm: Hein Governmental Consulting, LLC

Hein Governmental Consulting, LLC. (HGC), performs governmental affairs consulting services, providing full service legislative monitoring, lobbying, and political consulting services.  The firm represents clients who expect integrity, dedication, accuracy, integrity and a high level of competence.  Ron and Julie Hein have, between them, almost 75 years experience around the Capitol.  HGC has numerous health care clients, and thus stays active and engaged with all health-related issues.  HGC employs 3 full time lobbyists, a full time administrative person, and 2 full time staff members during the legislative session to assist with monitoring of legislative committees. 





Julie Hein      Ron Hein


Advocacy Issues

CURRENT ISSUES:

  • Working on passage of Medication Synchronization legislation
  • Working on the Regulations for Collaborative Practice Agreements and Technician Certification
  • Working on KPhA’s Position on Hemp Oil
  • Allowing any willing pharmacy to dispense no matter the health plan
  • Eliminating the inability of pharmacists to negotiate contracts collectively and “take it or leave it” contracts
  • Forcing transparent PBMs and wholesalers so that independent and community pharmacists can remain viable businesses

Future Issues:

  • Envisioning Pharmacists as Providers
  • Determining Pharmacists Ability to Exchange Bioequivalent Products
  • Creating proper controls for Medical Marijuana and determining pharmacists’ roles in controlling the dispensing of the drug
  • Designing and creating a more professional and clinically proficient technician workforce
  • Greater integration of pharmacists into  the  patient-  centered  medical  home  concept  (consistent  with recognizing pharmacists as providers)
  • Allowing pharmacists prescriptive authority (consistent with recognizing pharmacists as providers)

 
 
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