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

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February 4, 2020

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

*Last Updated 3/30/2020

**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
California
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Kansas
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Washington
Wyoming

Waived or Modified Licensing Requirements
Alaska (Continuing Education)
Arizona (Continuing Education)
Idaho
Maine
Michigan (Nurse Aide Examination, Continuing Education)
Missouri
New Hampshire (modifies clinical experience requirements)
New York (several professionals)
Ohio (Continuing Education)
Pennsylvania (Nursing Exam)
Texas (nurses)
Wisconsin (nurses)

Inactive/Retired Licensees Can Practice
Colorado
Illinois
Iowa
Maryland
Massachusetts
Mississippi
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Pennsylvania
Texas

Expansion of Medical Scope of Practice
Colorado (select medical personnel)
Maryland (all health professions at governor’s discretion)
Massachusetts (pending—select medical personnel)
Michigan (several medical personnel)
New York (several medical personnel)
Pennsylvania (changes to the collaborative practice agreement for CRNPs, CRNAs and PAs.)
Wisconsin (nurses and physician assistants)

Waived Fees
Arizona
Georgia
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
South Carolina

Extended Expiration
Arizona
District of Columbia
Iowa
Maine
Maryland
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Wisconsin
Wyoming

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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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Mercatus Center