Mississippi and West Virginia address licensure
The issue: On Feb. 3, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed a bill that would increase licensure portability.
On Feb. 19, the West Virginia House of Representatives passed comparable legislation.
Similar to those adopted in Arizona and Iowa, these bills would allow licensed professionals who have held a license for a year in another state to obtain a license in Mississippi or West Virginia. These bills now go to the Senate for consideration.
Why is this important? Increasing licensure portability is an important aspect of addressing issues with dental licensure. ASDA is a founding member of the Coalition for Modernizing Dental Licensure, which is committed to the advancement of two key goals:
- Eliminating single encounter, procedure-based patient examinations and replacing them with clinical assessments that have stronger validity and reliability evidence; and
- Increasing licensure portability to allow for professional mobility and improved access to care.
It is important to monitor states that address licensure portability to assist with reform efforts in the future.