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State Assembly passes Interstate Medical Licensure Compact bill 95-1

The Wisconsin Medical Society today praised the Wisconsin State Assembly for its overwhelming bipartisan support of Assembly Bill 253 (AB 253), which allows Wisconsin to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. The bill passed 95-1 and now moves on to the State Senate.

“The Society is pleased with the Assembly’s passage of AB 253 this afternoon. We are a strong supporter of this legislation because it makes the process for physicians seeking medical licenses in multiple states quicker and more efficient,” said Society President Jerry Halverson, MD, in this press release. “It’s also a smart step forward in enabling the practice of telemedicine, which can provide better access to medical specialists, particularly in rural areas.”

The Compact eases the administrative burden for a license applicant, who often must wait for months while different states request and verify the same background information before issuing a medical license. Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois are among the 11 states that have already joined the Compact. (Click here to learn more.)

Participation in the Compact licensing process by physicians is completely optional under AB 253, and all associated costs will be paid by those physicians who opt to use it. In addition, the state’s Medical Examining Board maintains oversight of the practice of medicine in Wisconsin.

“Today’s strong bipartisan support of this bill in the Assembly shows that lawmakers understand the importance of streamlining processes that can lead to better access to care for Wisconsin citizens, and we look forward to this momentum carrying over to the State Senate as they consider AB 253,” said Dr. Halverson.

For more information, read this Aug. 20 Medigram story or e-mail Mark Grapentine, JD, in the Society’s Government and Legal Affairs Department.

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