May 10, 2023
Kansas bill to reduce sports medicine barriers for visiting athletes

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has signed a bill that’s meant to help fix the state’s healthcare workforce shortages and provide more options for out-of-town athletes.

Senate Bill 131 was signed on Tuesday after passing in the House, 118-4, as well as the Senate, 38-2. The bill makes it easier during the licensing process for therapists, psychologists, social workers, healthcare workers, and more.

kansasA recent story from The Kansas Reflector detailed the bill and how it will affect the sports medicine industry in Kansas.

Below is an excerpt from The Kansas Reflector.

“The nationwide workforce shortage has hit Kansas hard, hurting people’s ability to access the health care they need in a timely manner,” Kelly said. “Signing this bipartisan bill is part of how my administration is addressing that shortage, making it easier than ever for Kansans to deliver or access lifesaving care.”

The legislation also expands the list of vaccine administrators. Pharmacy technicians 18 or older and working under supervision will be allowed to administer vaccines if they have received the proper training. Another bill provision sets up an avenue for sports medicine professionals that are licensed in other states to practice in Kansas during qualifying sporting events.

“I am proud to have worked on this bill that expedites the licensing process so we can get more workers in the health care field quicker,” said Rep. Brenda Landwehr, a Wichita Republican. “I’ve seen in my district that the shortage of health care workers has driven up costs and waiting times for everyday people, so I thank Governor Kelly for signing this important legislation to address this issue.”

Sen. Jeff Pittman, a Leavenworth Democrat, said the sports medicine portion of the bill would benefit professional sports teams visiting the state. Under the legislation, healthcare providers traveling with a sports team can get a sports waiver to provide services for their teams and coaching staff.

“The timing of the passage of SB 131 could not have been better with the successful 2023 NFL Draft here in the Kansas City area,” Pittman said. “This bill puts in place a critical process allowing team doctors and other healthcare providers for competitive sports teams to practice while visiting our great state. ”

To read the full story from the Kansas Reflector, click here. 

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