A Primer on Emergency Occupational Licensing Reforms for Combating COVID-19

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A Primer on Emergency Occupational Licensing Reforms for Combating COVID-19

*Last Updated 04/27/2020

**This will be updated as new reforms are put into place during this pandemic                                  

Emergency Reforms Sorted by Type of Reform

Out-of-State Medical Personnel Temporary License      

Alaska

Arizona

California

Colorado

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

West Virginia

Wyoming

 

Waived or Modified Licensing Requirements

Alaska (Continuing Education)

Arizona (Continuing Education)

California (“’Waive any of the professional licensing requirements’ related to ‘any hospital or health facility.’”)

Colorado

Connecticut

Idaho

Iowa (Continuing Education)

Illinois (Considering waiving for nursing students)

Kansas (Continuing Education)

Maine

Massachusetts (Continuing Education)

Michigan (Nurse Aide Examination, Continuing Education)

Minnesota (Continuing Education, Criminal Background Check)

Mississippi (MSDH is authorized and empowered to make, amend, and rescind such orders, rules, and regulations it deems necessary for Healthcare Professionals)

Missouri

New Hampshire (Modifies clinical experience requirements)

New Jersey (Examination, premedical education)

New York (Several professionals)

North Carolina (Medical Examination, Criminal Background Checks)

North Dakota (Health care professionals)

Ohio (Continuing Education, Nursing Exam)

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania (Nursing Exam)

South Carolina (Continuing Education)

South Dakota (Criminal Background Checks)

Tennessee (Continuing Education)

Texas (nurses, Continuing Education)

Washington (Continuing Education)

West Virginia (Continuing Education)

Wisconsin (Nurses, Continuing Education)

Wyoming

 

Inactive/Retired Licensees Can Practice   

California

Colorado

Hawaii

Illinois

Idaho

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Mississippi

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Tennessee

Texas

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

Expansion of Medical Scope of Practice

Colorado (Select medical personnel)

Kansas (Waives physician supervision or collaboration requirements for advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants and licensed practical nurses)

Kentucky (Changes to the collaborative practice agreement for APRNs)

Maryland (All health professions at governor’s discretion)

Maine (Changes to the collaborative practice agreement for APRNs and PAs)

Massachusetts (Several medical personnel)

Michigan (Several medical personnel)

New Jersey (Changes to the collaborative practice agreement for APRNs and PAs)

New York (Several medical personnel)

Pennsylvania (Changes to the collaborative agreement for CRNPs, CRNAs and PAs)

Ohio (CRNA prescriptive authority)

South Dakota (Suspended supervision of physician assistants and advanced life support personnel, Continuing Education)

Tennessee (NP prescriptive authority)

Vermont (Physician assistants and nurse practitioners)

Virginia (Nurse practitioners)

Washington (Physician assistant delegation agreements)

West Virginia (APRNs, CRNAs)

Wisconsin (Nurses and physician assistants)

 

Waived Fees

Arizona

Connecticut

Georgia

Idaho

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Tennessee

Vermont

West Virginia

Wisconsin

 

Extended Expiration

Arizona

District of Columbia

Idaho

Iowa

Kansas

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Minnesota

Nevada

Ohio

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

*Detailed Appendix in separate post

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About the Authors

Ethan Bayne is a legislative research analyst with the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at Saint Francis University. He received an MA in social and public policy from Duquesne University and his undergraduate degree from Thiel College.

Conor Norris is a research analyst with the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at Saint Francis University. Norris has been published in the Journal of Regulatory Economics and has also written numerous op-eds that have been published across the country. He received his MA in economics from George Mason University and his undergraduate degree from Saint Francis University.

Edward Timmons is director of the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation and professor of economics at Saint Francis University. He is a senior affiliated scholar with the Mercatus Center and has published more than 50 op-eds, policy pieces, and journal articles on the topic of occupational regulation.

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