Executive Order Regarding Telehealth Services

On March 20, 2020, Gov. Kelley issued Executive Order 20-08 to encourage citizens to use telehealth services whenever possible. To that end, the bulletin prohibits the Kansas physician licensing board from enforcing any statute, rule or regulation that requires physicians to conduct an in-person examination of a patient prior to the issuance of a prescription, as long as the physician otherwise complies with the executive order. In addition, the executive order encourages physicians to utilize telemedicine services and temporarily expands telemedicine, including allowing out-of-state physicians to use telemedicine with patients without having a Kansas license (meeting certain requirements).

This order is not directed at employers, but it does provide additional support for the use of telemedicine by plan participants.

Executive Order 20-08 »