Kansas has followed New York’s lead by joining 25 other states, the District of Columbia and 2 US territories in granting nurse practitioners (NPs) full practice authority (FPA).

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) applauded Governor Laura Kelly, as she signed House Bill 2279 into law April 15, 2022.

“This is a major milestone in health care for Kansas and for our nation,” said April N. Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP- BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN, president of AANP. “The majority of states have now adopted this legislative model, known as full practice authority. We thank Gov. Kelly and the legislature for prioritizing patients and taking action to improve health care in the Sunflower State.”

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Full practice authority eliminates the requirements for NPs to hold contracts with physicians as a condition of state licensure.

“This law is a necessary step toward eliminating health care disparities, managing costs, and building the health care workforce for Kansas,” said Jon Fanning, chief executive officer of AANP. “States that have adopted full practice authority are better positioned to address these critical issues. Today, patients in most states have full and direct access to NPs and these benefits. We call on the remaining states to follow suit and modernize their licensure laws to ensure patients have full and direct access to high-quality, nurse practitioner-delivered care.”


American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Kansas law strengthens patient access to health care. April 15, 2022. Accessed April 15, 2022. https://www.aanp.org/news-feed/kansas-law-strengthens-patient-access-to-health-care