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Governor signs Interstate Medical Licensure Compact bill

Gov. Scott Walker holds the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact bill, which he signed into law Monday. Those present include Society Chief Medical Officer Donn Dexter, MD. Wisconsin became the 12th state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact when Gov. Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 253, now Act 116, into law Monday at Mayo Health System in Sparta. Among those in attendance was Wisconsin Medical Society Chief Medical Officer Donn Dexter, MD.

Act 116 makes it easier for physicians to obtain medical licenses in multiple states and helps to improve access to care. Doctor Dexter, who also is a neurologist at Mayo Health System in Eau Claire, testified before the Assembly Committee on Health and the Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee in August and October, respectively, calling the Compact “an effective tool that will ease often-duplicative administrative obstacles some physicians face when seeking medical licenses in multiple states.” Click here to read the full testimony.

“Witnessing Gov. Walker sign the Interstate Compact into law was very rewarding. It’s a testament to the strength of the physician voice at the Capitol,” said Dr. Dexter. “When we come together, we achieve great things for our profession.”

While the Compact helps to streamline the licensing process, it does not affect any state’s medical practice act. Any physician gaining a license through the Compact is subject to the same requirements that they would be under current licensing laws and rules. Participation in the Compact is voluntary.

Authored by state Rep. Nancy VanderMeer, R-Tomah, and state Sen. Shelia Harsdorf, R-River Falls, the bill had broad support from the medical community, including the Society, and bipartisan commitment among the state’s elected officials. It passed the State Assembly on a 95-1 vote and 31-1 by the State Senate.

To learn more about the Compact, visit the Federation of State Medical Board’s Compact website.

Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, in the Society’s Government and Legal Affairs Department with any questions.

Doctor Day 2016
The Compact was one of the issues highlighted at Doctor Day 2015 last March. To build off last year’s tremendous success and participation, the Society is once again partnering with several physician organizations and specialty societies. Doctor Day organizers hope to bring at least 300 physicians to the State Capitol on Feb. 10, 2016. Click here to register for Doctor Day 2016.

Back to December 17, 2015 Medigram