2018 Legislative Priorities
Legislative Priorities: KAFP is proud to
provide the Family Doctor of the Day Program, now in its 40th year of service
to Capitol legislators, staff and visitors.
supports expanding the number of Medicaid beneficiaries to include adults earning
up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.
supports the development of joint regulations on APRN licensure, discipline,
regulation and scope of practice, between physicians with Board of Healing Arts
and APRNs with the Board of Nursing.
supports legislation that ensures adequate payment for physician services.
supports legislation to provide adequate funding for graduate and undergraduate
medical education for family medicine, including full funding for the Kansas
Medical Student Loan Program, the KU Scholars in Rural Health program and other
initiatives encouraging students to enter family medicine.
supports activities, programs and legislation to encourage physicians to
practice in rural and underserved areas, and to retain their services once
supports legislation that addresses access to affordable health care for all
Kansans based on the model of a “patient-centered medical home” that is
directed by a primary care physician.
supports public health efforts to address opioid abuse and treatment.
supports public health efforts to increase immunization rates, decrease
obesity, encourage positive lifestyle changes, and reduce the risks of smoking,
tobacco and e-cigarette use.
supports legislation that would reduce administrative hassles and paperwork,
such as prior authorizations; and promote electronic health record
supports legislative and regulatory efforts to ensure that the term “doctor,”
when used in the clinical setting, also includes the degree (i.e., MD, DO, DNP,
DPT, PhD for psychologists, etc.) used to obtain licensure to practice.
Furthermore KAFP supports retention of the use of the word “physician” for only
doctors of allopathic and osteopathic medicine.