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Health Care Reform Hangs in the Balance The future of health care reform remains uncertain after Senate Republicans’ latest Obamacare repeal bill failed late last month. The last-ditch effort, introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA.) could not garner the 50 votes needed to pass the Senate and was not brought to the floor for consideration. The CBO reported that “the legislation would reduce the on-budget deficit by at least $133 billion and result in millions fewer people with comprehensive health insurance Continue reading →

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Obamacare Repeal Fails in Senate, House Leaves for August Recess It has been an incredibly busy few weeks in Washington. Last week, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted against the Senate Republicans’ latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act with their “skinny repeal” bill. ¬†This development, just before the August Congressional recess, leaves an uncertain future for the promise made by President Trump and Congressional Republicans to fully repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. However, some bipartisan Continue reading →

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Highlights from FSMB’s 105th Annual Meeting Our 105th Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas brought together nearly 500 members of the national and international medical regulatory community to discuss important topics impacting the rapidly changing world of medical licensure and regulation. We developed a recap video featuring a compilation of interviews with state medical board members and leaders from across the country as they share why the FSMB’s Annual Meeting continues to be the premier educational event in medical regulation. Click here to view the Continue reading →

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With Campaign Season in Full Swing, Congress Now Adjourned Until September Campaign season is in full swing across the nation, following last month’s Democratic and Republican National Conventions. On July 14, Congress adjourned for a seven-week recess without resolving a series of national economic, health, and safety issues. Of particular concern is Congress’ failure to reach an agreement to fund the fight against the Zika virus, especially with alarm over its expanding presence in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Continue reading →

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Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission Meeting Today The full Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) Commission is meeting in Kansas City, KS, today. The IMLC Commission continues to make substantial progress towards making the Compact fully operational. The Commission has set a target goal of January 2017 for qualified physicians to seek licensure in multiple states and jurisdictions via the Compact process. With the 2017 state legislative session around the corner, we are ready to assist and support state medical and osteopathic boards and other stakeholders Continue reading →

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Momentum is Buiding for the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact We are pleased to report that the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact has been signed into law in Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah and Idaho, and currently awaits Governors’ signatures in Montana and West Virginia. Eleven other states have introduced the Compact legislation, with at least three more expected to introduce it before the end of their legislative sessions. We remain optimistic that we will reach the seven states required to formalize the Compact before the end of Continue reading →

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Federal Grant Will Support State Medical Boards in Developing Infrastructure for Interstate Medical Licensure Compact We are pleased to report that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded a grant in the amount of $225,000 to support state medical and osteopathic boards in operationalizing the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. The HRSA grant will support the boards in compact member states to establish the Compact Commission, which will oversee the Compact operations and serve as an information clearinghouse Continue reading →

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FSMB Hosts Briefing on Interstate Medical Licensure Compact On June 24, a briefing to celebrate the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The FSMB hosted the briefing, Expanding Access to Health Care through the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, and welcomed more than 50 guests, including members and executive staff of state medical boards, federal and state policymakers, and health care leaders. Expert panelists outlined the current legislative landscape in the states and discussed the Compact’s beneficial impacts Continue reading →

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Eight States Enact the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact We are pleased to report that the seventh and eighth states, Alabama and Minnesota, have enacted the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. By achieving the threshold of seven state enactments, the Compact has effectively been established and will now trigger the formation of the Compact Commission. The Compact Commission is expected to meet soon to begin drafting the bylaws, rules and processes that will support the Compact and its Member States in facilitating medical license portability for eligible Continue reading →

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FSMB Advocacy Network Update We are updating our Advocacy Network information before the 2016 sessions of Congress and state legislatures and we want to hear from you. Please let us know of any personal contacts you may have at the state or federal level by emailing Natalie Weiner, FSMB’s Legislative Associate, at nweiner@fsmb.org. Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission’s First Meeting Held in October The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission held its inaugural meeting October 27-28 in Chicago. The Commission consists of two voting representatives from Continue reading →