Bill Text: TX HB548 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the licensing of certain military veterans as health care providers to practice in underserved areas.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-11-12 - Filed [HB548 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB548-Introduced.html
  87R651 BEE-F
 
  By: Frank H.B. No. 548
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the licensing of certain military veterans as health
  care providers to practice in underserved areas.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter C, Chapter 155, Occupations Code, is
  amended by adding Section 155.108 to read as follows:
         Sec. 155.108.  LICENSE FOR MILITARY VETERAN TO PRACTICE IN
  CERTAIN AREAS. (a) In this section, "active duty" and "armed
  forces of the United States" have the meanings assigned by Section
  55.001.
         (b)  The board shall issue a license to practice medicine in
  a location described by Subsection (e) to an applicant who:
               (1)  is licensed in good standing as a physician in
  another state;
               (2)  is a veteran of the armed forces of the United
  States who retired from or otherwise left military service not more
  than one year before the application date for a license under this
  section; and
               (3)  was, at the time of retiring from or leaving
  military service:
                     (A)  serving on active duty in this state; and
                     (B)  authorized as a physician to treat persons
  enlisted in the armed forces of the United States or veterans.
         (c)  An applicant for a license under this section is not
  required to have passed the Texas medical jurisprudence
  examination.
         (d)  The board may not issue a license under this section to
  an applicant who:
               (1)  holds a medical license or a license to prescribe,
  dispense, administer, supply, or sell a controlled substance that:
                     (A)  is currently under active investigation; or
                     (B)  is or was subject to a disciplinary order or
  action or to denial by another jurisdiction; or
               (2)  has been convicted of, is on deferred adjudication
  community supervision or deferred disposition for, or is under
  active investigation for the commission of:
                     (A)  a felony; or
                     (B)  a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.
         (e)  A physician licensed under this section may practice
  only in:
               (1)  a health professional shortage area, as defined by
  Section 157.051; or
               (2)  a medically underserved community, as defined by
  Section 487.201, Government Code.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter F, Chapter 301, Occupations Code, is
  amended by adding Section 301.262 to read as follows:
         Sec. 301.262.  LICENSE FOR MILITARY VETERAN TO PRACTICE IN
  CERTAIN AREAS. (a) In this section, "active duty" and "armed
  forces of the United States" have the meanings assigned by Section
  55.001.
         (b)  The board shall issue a license to practice nursing in a
  location described by Subsection (e) to an applicant who:
               (1)  is licensed in good standing as a nurse in another
  state;
               (2)  is a veteran of the armed forces of the United
  States who retired from or otherwise left military service not more
  than one year before the application date for a license under this
  section; and
               (3)  was, at the time of retiring from or otherwise
  leaving military service:
                     (A)  serving on active duty in this state; and
                     (B)  authorized as a nurse to treat persons
  enlisted in the armed forces of the United States or veterans.
         (c)  An applicant for a license under this section is not
  required to have passed the jurisprudence examination.
         (d)  The board may not issue a license under this section to
  an applicant who:
               (1)  holds a nursing license or a license to prescribe,
  dispense, administer, supply, or sell a controlled substance that:
                     (A)  is currently under active investigation; or
                     (B)  is or was subject to a disciplinary order or
  action or to denial by another jurisdiction; or
               (2)  has been convicted of, is on deferred adjudication
  community supervision or deferred disposition for, or is under
  active investigation for the commission of:
                     (A)  a felony; or
                     (B)  a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.
         (e)  A nurse licensed under this section may practice only
  in:
               (1)  a health professional shortage area, as defined by
  Section 157.051; or
               (2)  a medically underserved community, as defined by
  Section 487.201, Government Code.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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