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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: June 5, 2020 10:10 AM
From: Representative Jesse Topper
To: All House members
Subject: Interstate Medical Licensure Compact - Additional Cosponsor Memo
Recently I circulated the below cosponsorship memoranda. Since this legislative fix will need to apply to BOTH medical doctors and osteopathic doctors in the Commonwealth, we will need TWO pieces of legislation to amend each of the practice acts. Therefore, I am circulating this memoranda again and ask you to sign on to BOTH of these important pieces of legislation.
In 2016, legislation that I prime sponsored was signed into law as Act 112 of 2016 to permit Pennsylvania to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC).  The IMLC provides a streamlined process that allows physicians to become licensed in multiple states, thereby enhancing the portability of a medical license and ensuring the safety of patients.  Unfortunately, due to concerns raised by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in regards to information sharing for purposes of criminal background checks, Pennsylvania has never been able to fully participate in the IMLC. 
Therefore, in the near future, I am introducing legislation amending BOTH the Medical Practice Act and the Osteopathic Medicine Practice Act to address the concerns that have been raised so that Pennsylvania can fully join the IMLC.  Participating in this Compact will increase medical access to Pennsylvanian’s in underserved areas, and connect individuals with serious illnesses to specialists in the field.

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Introduced as HB2585