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Thanking Veterans for their Service

Legislation supporting veterans in health care careers advances in General Assembly

November 11, 2021

On Veterans Day, HAP and its members thank the nearly 800,000 veterans who call Pennsylvania home and the millions nationally who have served our country and made sacrifices to protect our freedom.

Veterans Day also presents an important reminder of the need to ensure that military veterans have the necessary resources and support to transition to civilian life. This includes supporting the many veterans who transition into health care careers as civilians.

On Wednesday, state representatives unanimously passed legislation supported by HAP that would expedite professional licensure for veterans, including in health care fields.

House Bill 1868, prime-sponsored by Zach Mako (R-Lehigh/Northampton), would remove barriers that veterans commonly face when applying for professional licenses. Addressing these barriers would bolster Pennsylvania’s health workforce, allowing us to tap into our veterans’ wide range of knowledge, skills, and expertise.

The legislation would:

  • Expedite application review for veterans and military spouses, and initial licensure fee waiver for military spouses when traveling to Pennsylvania
  • Put military experience into context and consideration when determining if someone meets the qualification for licensure
  • Use the Military Occupational Codes Crosswalk to help translate the military experience into civilian licensure requirements
  • Provide early submission for licensure renewals for those being deployed, allowing them to immediately enter employment upon return

HAP will continue to advocate for the passage of House Bill 1868 as it moves on to the Senate for consideration. The legislation is another measure to show support for our state’s veterans and our workforce.

HAP thanks Pennsylvania’s veterans for their service to the country. For more information about House Bill 1868 and other pending state legislation, contact Heather Tyler, HAP’s vice president, state legislative advocacy.