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State House Committee Considers Licensure Compact Legislation

September 15, 2020

The Pennsylvania House Professional Licensure Committee today met to consider several pieces of legislation that would enable Pennsylvania’s patient population to leverage the nation’s entire health care workforce. 

House Bill 862, sponsored by Representative Stephen Barrar (R-Delaware), would allow Pennsylvania to join the Physical Therapist Licensure Compact.

House Bill 2584, sponsored by Representative Jesse Topper (R-Bedford), addresses concerns raised by the Federal Bureau of Investigations to allow Pennsylvania to fully participate in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) which was signed into law by Governor Wolf during 2016. The bill was amended in committee to clarify that the legislation would only apply to physicians who want to participate in the IMLC.

Both bills now head to the floor for a vote by the full House.

During January 2020, HAP published recommendations compiled by an industry-wide association task force. The report, Addressing Pennsylvania’s Health Care Workforce Challenges, highlights the shortages hospitals and health systems are experiencing today and what should be done in the future to ensure access to quality care. A 2018 survey of the hospital community and a review of national and Pennsylvania data showed that there is and will continue to be a significant shortage of health care providers. This will negatively impact access to care for all Pennsylvanians and is compounded by the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on front-line health care workers.

HAP also supports the following bills that reflect the realities of how health care is delivered in the 21st century and the workforce needs of the commonwealth:

  • House Bill 100, sponsored by Representative Topper (R-Bedford), would allow Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNP) to practice without a formal collaboration agreement after receiving three years, 3,600 collaboration hours, with a physician 
  • Senate Bill 655, sponsored by Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton), would allow Pennsylvania to join the Nurse Licensure Compact

The Professional Licensure Committee anticipates that these bills will be considered this fall.

For more information contact Stephanie Watkins, HAP’s vice president, state legislative advocacy.