Governor Laura Kelly Signs Bipartisan Bill to Extend Executive Orders, Providing Relief for Health Care Workers

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly signed House Bill 2477, which extends provisions in Executive Orders 22-01 and 22-02 until January 20, 2023. HB 2477 allows staffing flexibility at health care and long-term care facilities throughout the state to address staffing shortages that continue to strain the health care system. 

“This legislation will mitigate the shortage of health care providers while we deal with the Omicron surge,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “I want to thank the Legislature for their bipartisan support and swift action to get this bill to my desk. Our front-line health care workers have been overwhelmed by the highly contagious Omicron variant, and they need our support now.”  

“This legislation will not alleviate all the problems hospitals are facing. Ultimately, what will alleviate the strain on our front-line medical workers is getting yourself and your children vaccinated and boosted. Vaccines are safe, they’re free and effective, and they are the easiest way to protect yourself and your loved ones,” Governor Kelly said. 

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