Kansas passes Health Care Freedom Act
Sponsored by the Committee on Aging and Long-term Care, Sen. Pilcher Cook, and dozens of Kansas State legislators, HB2182 enacts the Health Care Freedom Act. Signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback, HB2182 codifies the individual right of Kansas residents to choose to purchase or refuse to purchase health insurance. The bill states the government is prohibited from interfering with a resident’s right to purchase or refuse to purchase the insurance. The bill states it is a resident’s right to enter into a private contract with health care providers for lawful health care services, and that the government is prohibited from interfering with this right. The bill allows a person or employer to pay directly for the services and establish a prohibition against penalizing or fining for doing so.