News and Commentary
Missouri Governor Mike Parson recently signed a bill that expands license reciprocity in the state, reports KNMO. The new law changes licensure requirements to allow transfer of licences from out-of-state if the out-of-state license meets a minimum educational standard. The legislation also removes exemptions for certain professions from reciprocity, removes residency requirements for Missouri license reciprocity, and bars occupational licensing boards from denying licensure to individuals who were formally incarcerated, unless their incarceration was for a crime related to their profession or one that was violent or sexual.
An article in JD Supra examines an executive order from Tennessee’s Republican Governor Bill Lee that extends Tennessee’s state of emergency for COVID-19 and other temporary healthcare policy changes until late August. Specifically, the order allows out-of-state healthcare providers to practice in Tennessee, increases availability of telehealth and home health services, and extends expired occupational licenses for healthcare providers, among other changes.
The Associated Press reports that California’s nursing board falsified its records to make it appear as though the board was correctly investigating allegations of misconduct against nurses in the state when in fact the board appeared to be delaying and mishandling those complaints.
Michael Arthur Vacca writes in an opinion piece for The Detroit News that the COVID-19 pandemic has proven that public and private healthcare are complementary arguing, “we need a responsive private health care sector and a limited but essential government presence”. Vacca highlights what he sees as the government’s role in healthcare and highlights many of federal and state governments failings with regards to the pandemic. He also praises moves by governments to expand scope of practice and telehealth for healthcare providers.
Leah Willingham reports for the Associated Press that a set of bills that would have helped former inmates re-enter the workforce have stalled in the Mississippi Legislature. The bills would have “banned the box” by preventing employers from asking applicants to disclose their previous criminal record before being selected for a job interview and would have removed restrictions for individuals with criminal records from applying for occupational licenses in any profession so long as their conviction was not related to their profession.