Veteran Medical Licensing Act (HB 548)
Texas has a shortage of physicians and nurses, especially in rural areas of the state. We are also the proud home of the largest number of military installations in the country. It only makes sense that active duty medical personnel that have served our armed forces in a responsible manner be allowed to continue their practices once they leave active service in the military
On Tuesday, HB 548, the Veteran Medical Licensing Act received a hearing in the Public Health Committee. HB 548 will allow physicians and nurses in good standing to waive into a Texas License and continue to practice in Texas once they leave active duty service if they have served at a military installation for at least a year and pledge to provide their services in a part of the state that is deemed medically underserved. All of HD-69 (Archer, Baylor, Clay, Foard, Knox, and Wichita) are "medically underserved" and would fit within the parameters of the legislation.
I expect this bill to receive broad support among members of the committee.