ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—For the past three years, states have been finding new ways to work together in the health care arena to help avoid the ever-dreaded 800-pound gorilla called federal pre-emption....

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports the establishment of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and encourages its member jurisdictions to consider the new interstate agreement as an innovative policy solution that will increase degree attainment and reduce costs for students, states, and institutions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments staff will provide ongoing assistance to the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements’ national office and the four regional higher education compacts in their efforts to raise awareness about SARA.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports the establishment of the Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Compact (REPLICA) and encourages its member jurisdictions to consider the new interstate agreement as an innovative policy solution to the challenge of interstate EMS personnel emergency and life-saving operations.

Legislators at the CSG National and CSG West Annual Conference in Anchorage, Alaska, learned about the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement during a discussion highlighting the compact’s history and potential impact for states.

“Distance education is not the only answer to the challenges facing higher education in this country, but it needs to be part of the solution and until we achieve reciprocity across state lines, we will never be able to fully take advantage of it,” said Marshall Hill, executive director of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is intended to broaden the availability of—and access to—accredited online degree programs by reducing state regulatory barriers while ensuring strong consumer safeguards. The agreement is finalized and states are starting to participate. This session provided an update on progress of the agreement, as well as a discussion about what your state needs to do to become a member.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) will be highlighted at CSG’s Eastern Regional Conference in Baltimore and again at CSG’s Annual meeting in Anchorage.  The session in Baltimore will begin at 1:15 PM on Tuesday, August 5 and the session in Anchorage will take place at 9:00 AM on Sunday, August 10th.  Both presentations are intended to inform policymakers about the new agreement and the potential benefits it can offer both states and institutions. 

Policymakers attending The Council of State Governments’ National and CSG West 2014 Annual Conference in Anchorage, Alaska, will have an opportunity hear about a new distance learning compact being developed by CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts....

A piece in Monday’s NY Times highlighted the Medical Licensing Compact.  CSG, through its National Center for Interstate Compacts, is consulting with the Federation of State Medical Boards and a drafting team of subject matter experts to develop the compact.  The goal of the compact is to better utilize telehealth and improve access to health care by more easily allowing doctors to practice in multiple states.  The compact would allow doctors who meet certain criteria to more easily obtain a license to practice in member states, while preserving the authority of each state to regulate the practice of medicine within its borders.  Compact language is expected to be ready for state legislative consideration as soon as the 2015 legislative session.

Policymakers attending The Council of State Governments’ National and CSG West 2014 Annual Conference in Anchorage, Alaska, will have an opportunity hear about a new distance learning compact being developed by CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts....

Population growth, aging baby boomers and a dramatic rise in the number of insured Americans resulting from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are stressing America’s health care system like never before. Demand for care is increasing dramatically, but access to a variety of health professionals has remained largely static. One possible solution may be an increased emphasis on license portability through a series of medical licensing compacts.

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