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Bill Permitting Expedited Licensing for Medical Professionals During Public Health Emergencies Now Law

In an effort to ensure New Jersey has as many medical professionals as possible to help the state deal with the current COVID-19 pandemic, a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Thomas Giblin, John Armato and Eric Houghtaling expediting the licensure of certain medical professionals was signed into law by the Governor Thursday.

Under the law (formerly bill A-3862), state officials are permitted to temporarily waive certain requirements of the licensure process for professionals from other states seeking a license in New Jersey. These requirements include background checks, equivalent standards in the other state, initial supervision and the payment of registration fees.

Upon the bill being signed into law, Assemblymen Giblin, Armato and Houghtaling released the following joint statement:

“Although we hope that the statewide restrictions being implemented will help slow the spread of this virus, we must prepare for the possibility of an influx of COVID-19 cases that require hospitalization.

“As such, now is the time to welcome any healthcare providers who are able and willing to come to New Jersey to help our residents. Expediting licenses for professionals who have not worked in New Jersey due to the licensure process will help us do just that. 

“This law anticipates the need for their assistance and applies temporary measures that will make it easier for them to receive the necessary licensure.”