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House Bill 2477, Regulatory Flexibilities for Hospitals and Long-Term Care Up for Debate in the House

HouseChamber (Jan. 14, 2022) – House Bill 2477, which extends the regulatory flexibilities currently contained in the executive orders, will go before state legislators next week ahead of the Jan. 21 expiration. The orders provide key flexibilities at a crucial time during the latest COVID-19 surge including:

  • Ability to suspend direct supervision under delegation of authority
  • Allowing more clinical staff to order COVID-19 testing
  • Allowing those in good standing but with licenses that have lapsed in the past five years to assist in response efforts
  • Allowing students and military members to work or volunteer in alignment with their training
  • Allowing out of state providers to seek temporary licenses to assist in response efforts
  • Allowing facility to utilize qualified volunteers
  • Providing liability protection for those acting in good faith during COVID-19 response
  • Extending deadlines for licensure and waives fees and ability to assist in long-term care settings

The House is slated to debate the bill on Tuesday, Jan. 18. With the turnaround time on this legislation being needed quickly, we encourage folks to reach out to their elected officials using the new grassroots tool. You can access the call to action and send a message to your legislator by visiting Call to Action.