Our 2017 Advocacy Priorities

In KMA’s efforts to ensure patients have access to the care they deserve, the Association will focus its advocacy efforts on a number of important issues facing physicians and their patients in the 2017 legislative session. Here are the KMA legislative priorities for this legislative session, along with links to resources physicians can use in their discussions with legislators.

 

Tort Reform

KMA has long supported efforts to improve Kentucky's medical liability climate. During the 2017 legislative session, tort reform will continue to be a top priority as KMA, and other stakeholders, advocate for common sense medical liability and lawsuit reform that will create a more fair and consistent climate for providers.

Domestic Violence Reporting

Medical professionals in Kentucky are required to make a report to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services if they know or suspect that a patient is a victim of domestic violence. This requirement, however, can be problematic, potentially leading to a violation of patient confidentiality and even dangerous consequences if an offender learns that a partner has reached out for help. The KMA has joined victims’ rights advocates in supporting common sense reforms that will reduce risks to victims and provide a more effective role for medical professionals.

Smoking Cessation

Physicians play a critical role in helping smokers access proven tools to help them quit, including counseling and medications. Unfortunately, many who want to quit face barriers to these treatments. The KMA supports legislation requiring Kentucky health plans, both commercial and Medicaid, to cover all FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications and United States Preventive Services Task Force-recommended tobacco cessation services, including counseling, without barriers to access.