Track Workforce Policy at the State Level

Legislation | April 27, 2021 | by Eram Abbasi

The state legislatures have started their 2021 sessions, and state lawmakers continue to grapple with COVID-19. Bringing the virus to heel will consume lawmakers’ attention, as all states and territories convene sessions this year.

With the increasing demand for health care workers, more than 40 states temporarily modified licensing requirements to recruit more health care workers. Vermont, for example, relaxed requirements for retired and out-of-state health professionals, and Kentucky passed a bill allowing medical students to conduct triage, diagnose, and treat patients if under fully accredited supervision. Connecticut established a tuition reimbursement program that reimburses fifty percent of the cost for nurse aides who complete such program and work as a certified nursing aide/assistant (CNA) in Connecticut. Fifteen states have introduced legislation for the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows nurses to practice in other states without having to obtain additional licenses.

LeadingAge has worked with State partners to develop the State legislation map that provides a glimpse of aging-related bills being introduced at State legislatures across the country. The bills are categorized in 9 topics: click on any state to see more details on the bills. Please reach out to Eram Abbasi at eabbasi@leadingage.org if you have any questions.