Health for All Kansans Steering Committee

Health Reform in Kansas: More updates and Information

Earlier in 2007, the Health Care Finance Board was asked by Governor Kathleen Sebelius to form a task force to address ways to provide health for all Kansans. In response to this request, the Board formed the Health for All Kansans Steering Committee, comprised of Board members and legislators. The goal of the Steering Committee was to build a consensus between Board members and legislators around health reform options the Legislature would consider.

On November 1, 2007, the Health Care Finance Board presented to the Governor and Kansas Legislature health reform options aimed at improving the health and health care system in Kansas; the goals of these health reform options are to:

Provide and protect affordable health insurance for all Kansans in order to ensure appropriate access to health care;

Pay for prevention and a primary care medical home in order to improve health outcomes, coordinate care, and drive down health care costs;

Promote personal responsibility in order to embrace healthy behaviors and to contribute to the cost of health insurance, based on ability to pay.

Committee Members

Senator Jim Barnett

Representative Jeff Colyer

Senator Laura Kelly

Representative Valdenia Winn

Ned Holland

Dr. Vernon Mills

Susan Page

Joe Tilghman

Secretary Rod Bremby - KDHE

Commissioner Sandy Praeger - KS Insurance Department

KU Dean Gail Agrawal

Pittsburg State University Professor Andy Tompkins

Troy Findley, Governor's Chief of Staff

DHCF Executive Director Marcia Nielsen


Upcoming Meetings

No meetings scheduled at this time

Previous Meeting Information

The Steering Committee met on Wednesday, August 1, 2007, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at the Eisenhower State Office Building, 4th Floor, West Wing, Conf Room B, 700 SW Harrison, Topeka KS; please see agenda and the Health Reform Roadmap which outlines overarching goals, timelines, and considerations for reform designs. Kansas has been selected to participate with a number of other states in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's State Coverage Institute to study the comprehensive health reforms currently underway. Membership to the Kansas SCI Team will be current members of the Health for all Kansans Steering Committee. Available here is the summary of the SCI program.

The Steering Committee met on Monday, March 19, 2007, from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm at the Eisenhower State Office Building, 4th Floor, West Wing, Conf Room B, 700 SW Harrison, Topeka KS; please see attached proposed short-term legislative package and associated timeframes. This document was reviewed by the members and several revisions were recommended to this document before submitting to the DHCF Board for approval at the March 20th Board meeting.

The Steering Committee met on Tuesday, March 13, 2007; please see attached agenda and also a copy of the Summary Document of timelines and possible legislation.

The Steering Committee met on Monday, March 5, 2007, please see attached copy of Committee Role, Guiding Principles, and Legislative Proposals.

The Steering Committee met on Monday, February 19, 2007; please see attached agenda. Also attached is copy of Steering Committee Consensus and Process document, as well as copy of the draft Prioritizing Initiatives document.

The Steering Committee held its first planning meeting on Friday, February 9, 2007. Please see attached agenda as well as list of policy options reviewed by the Committee.


DHCF Health For All Kansans Steering Committee - State Coverage Institute (SCI)
Nine members of the Health for All Kansas steering committee will be attending a State Coverage Institute (SCI) meeting which is scheduled September 26, 27 and 28, 2007, at the Renaissance Hotel, One West Wacker Drive, Chicago IL. The SCI is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and coordinated by Academy Health. The meeting will allow opportunities for Kansas and other states to obtain expertise and educational opportunities related to various components of health reform. An initial site visit was held on August 14th, where SCI staff met members of the Kansas Team, which was highlighted at the Health for All Kansas Steering Committee on August 1, 2007.