PA Licensure Compact Bill Passes in Wisconsin
S.B 400 Signing Makes Wisconsin the Third State to Pass PA Licensure Compact
December 6, 2023
On December 6, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed S.B. 400 into law, making Wisconsin the third state to pass the PA licensure compact. S.B. 400 passed both chambers with broad, bipartisan support and once the compact is active, it promises to enhance license portability for PAs while expanding access and safeguards for patients – a true win-win for Wisconsin.
For the compact to become active, seven states need to adopt the compact language through legislation. Earlier this year, Utah and Delaware became the first two states to join the compact, and legislation is currently pending in Ohio, Michigan, and New York.
The PA Licensure Compact will make it easier for PAs to practice in multiple states. PAs holding a valid, unencumbered license in one compact state will be able to apply for a “compact privilege” to practice in other compact states. A compact privilege will provide authorization to practice as a PA under that state’s laws and regulations.
“Passage of this legislation is great for PAs and for the patients we serve across Wisconsin, and we are grateful that lawmakers supported this effort to enhance access to care,” said Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants (WAPA) President Roger Lovelace, PA-C.
As partners in state advocacy, AAPA worked alongside WAPA over the last several months to urge lawmakers to support S.B. 400. AAPA and WAPA urge Wisconsin PAs to join them in thanking the Legislature and Gov. Evers for their support of this important legislation.
Further information on the PA Licensure Compact, model legislation, and other compact resources may be accessed at pacompact.org and www.aapa.org/advocacy-central/pa-licensure-compact/ .
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