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Letting Health Care Professionals Cross State Borders and How This Will Improve Care/Access

June 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted why we need to relax restrictions on health care professionals.

Health care professionals go through a great deal of time, money and education to get licenses to practice, but every state has its own rules. The pandemic made it very apparent how this conventional system makes it difficult to get health care professionals to where they are needed most. This podcast discusses some model legislation and how one state, Missouri is about to make it happen and how Iowa could be next on board.

Michael Slabinski discusses how states can modernize licensing regulation and why they should.  For model legislation, read:  “Interstate-Mobility and Universal Recognition Occupational Licensing Act.”

Also, some of the myths surrounding licensing regulation and how State Rep. Derek Grier (R-Chesterfield) got a number of special interests on board to create a bill with bipartisan support is discussed. Reciprocity could have a domino effect allowing health care professionals to mobilize quickly to where they are needed most.

AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform. @HCPolicy