TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly signed legislation aimed at filling the state’s health worker shortage and providing more care options for out-of-town athletes.
Kelly announced the signing of Senate Bill 131 The bipartisan bill passed the House 118-4 and the Senate 38-2 on Tuesday. The bill would smooth the licensing process for therapists, psychologists, social workers, health care workers, and more.
“National labor shortages have hit Kansas hard, compromising people’s ability to access needed medical care in a timely manner,” Kelly said. “Signing this bipartisan bill is part of the way my administration is addressing that shortfall, making it easier than ever for people in Kansas to provide or access life-saving care. “
The law also expands the list of vaccine custodians. Supervised pharmacy technicians over the age of 18 are permitted to administer vaccines if they have the appropriate training. Another bill provision would pave the way for sports medicine professionals licensed in other states to practice in Kansas during qualifying sporting events.
Wichita Republican Rep. Brenda Lundweil said: “In my district, we have seen a shortage of health care workers driving up costs and waiting times for the public. Governor Kelly for signing this important legislation to address this issue. will be grateful to.”
Senator Jeff Pittman, a Leavenworth Democrat, said the sports medicine portion of the bill would benefit professional sports teams that visit the state. Under the law, health care providers traveling with sports teams can obtain sports exemptions to provide services to the teams and coaching staff.
“The timing of SB 131’s passage couldn’t have been better with the success of the 2023 NFL Draft here in the Kansas City area.” We will put in place important processes that will allow healthcare providers to practice while visiting our great state.”