CMS Approves Fast-tracking of Licenses From Other States via Section 1135

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Great news if you’re a healthcare profession and ready to travel to a state you’re not currently licensed in.  If you hold an active license in good standing and wish to help a state in need of medical personnel, you’ll be able to practice in that state sooner rather than later.  Rapid changes have been put in place in response to the significant need faced by many hospitals as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

CMS Approves Medicaid Section 1135 Waivers for 11 Additional States in Response to COVID-19

Section 1135 of the waiver “offfer[s] states new flexibilities to focus their resources on combatting the outbreak and providing the best possible care to Medicaid beneficiaries in their states.”

If your preferred-destination state has filed for a licensing waiver with the CMS, you’ll be fast-tracked into your next role, whether you currently possess a single state or multi-state license.

As a healthcare provider, you will be fast-tracked through the licensing process in any state that’s included in the “emergency area”.

As of today (3/25/2020), that spans the entire nation.

States that have submitted a request for a licensing waiver (1135) to the CMS include the following:

  • New York
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Minnesota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Wyoming
  • Iowa
  • Indiana
  • Rhode Island
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Missouri
  • Oregon
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Alabama
  • California
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • New Jersey
  • Arizona
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • Mississippi
  • Louisiana
  • Illinois
  • Washington
  • Florida

Stay current with the 1135 Waiver, and check for newly posted states here: