To make it easier for licensed physicians to offer medical care across state lines, Assemblywoman Carol Murphy sponsors a bipartisan bill that would enter New Jersey into the existing Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC). The compact would help streamline and expedite the process for New Jersey physicians to obtain their medical license in other states.
Washington, D.C. and 29 other states currently participate in the IMLC, while several additional states are considering legislation to join the compact. The IMLC creates one standard licensing process for physicians to follow when seeking a license in another participating state, thereby streamlining a process that would otherwise vary state-by-state.
Physicians would be able to fully practice medicine in whichever member state they have obtained their license, but would still be subject to each individual state’s medical laws, as the IMLC does not supersede state law.
Upon the measure (A-1112) being advanced by the Assembly Health Committee on Monday, Assemblywoman Murphy (D-Burlington) issued the following statement:
“With the recent expansion of telehealth services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to enable physicians to provide care across state boundaries. This compact would enable physicians to obtain their licenses more easily if they wanted to move to New Jersey from another member state or practice in more than one state. As such, patients would have more options to choose from and might even be able to continue seeing their current physician if they moved to another state. Entering into this compact will undoubtedly benefit countless New Jersey residents.”