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State Announces Next Steps for COVID-19 Waivers

HAP continues to communicate with lawmakers, state officials about transition from pandemic-era flexibilities

May 05, 2022

The Pennsylvania Department of State announced the expiration of COVID-19 professional licensing waivers beginning in phases from May 23 through June 30.

At the outset of the pandemic, the state authorized nearly 100 waivers related to scope of practice, the health care workforce, and online continuing education, among other areas. The waivers will expire in phases on May 23, June 6, June, 20, and June 30, state officials said.

"The COVID-19 disaster declaration allowed us to mobilize our licensees to respond to the pandemic while protecting the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians," Professional and Occupational Affairs Acting Commissioner Arion Claggett said in a statement.

Licensed professionals and others should take note of the expiration deadlines, state officials said. A full list of waivers and their expiration dates is available online.

HAP continues to communicate with state officials and lawmakers about the transition from pandemic-era waivers and flexibilities, as well as the regulatory and legislative next steps to ensure Pennsylvania’s hospitals can deliver outstanding care during the pandemic and beyond.

Some examples of health-related COVID-era waivers that have recently been made permanent include but are not limited to expediting practice, simplifying oversight, and increasing health systems’ flexibility in placement of physician assistants; allowing institutionally licensed physicians to practice at all facilities in a health system; conforming international medical graduates residency requirements with U.S. practices; and requiring licensing boards to establish rules related to distance education and virtual supervision.

For more information about HAP’s state advocacy efforts, contact Heather Tyler, vice president, state legislative advocacy. For questions about professional licensing, contact Mary Marshall, senior director of workforce and professional development.