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State Volunteer Resources

Many states have called on health care professionals to assist in the care of individuals in hospitals and other health facilities due to the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are able to provide volunteer services at this time, the ACS encourages you to review states' calls for action and current opportunities outlined below.

If you want to learn more about how your state governments are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the Division of Advocacy's COVID-19 State Government Resources and Engagement page.


California

California Health Corps

California State Resources

Californians for All Portal

Call for Healthcare Professionals

Request for Temporary Recognition of Out-of-State Medical Personnel During a State of Emergency

Executive Order to Expand Telehealth Services

Notes: Any out-of-state personnel, including medical personnel, entering California to assist in preparing for, responding to, mitigating the efforts of, and recovering from COVID-19 shall be permitted to provide services in the same manner as prescribed in Government Code section 179.5, with respect to licensing and certification. Permission of any such individual rendering service is subject to the approval of the Director of the Emergency Medical Services Authority for medical personnel and the Director of the Office of Emergency Services for nonmedical personnel and shall be in effect for a period of time not to exceed the duration of this emergency.

The Governor has recently announced Volunteers’ #CaliforniansForAll service initiative to connect Californians with safe volunteer opportunities and encourage those unable to physically volunteer to think creatively about ways to make a difference in their communities.


Connecticut

State Volunteer Portal – CT Responds

State Resources Page

Emergency Expansion of the Healthcare Workforce

Order Temporarily Recognizing Reciprocal Health Care Practitioner Licenses

New Coverage of Specified Telemedicine Services Under the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program

Notes: An executive order has been issued to waive the application fees for temporary permits for health care professions and to allow recent medical school and other medical profession graduates who are not yet licensed to participate in the state’s COVID-19 response for the duration of the public health and civil preparedness emergency.  Connecticut’s Commissioner of the Department of Public Health also issued an order permitting physicians, nurses, respiratory care practitioners, emergency medical services personnel and other health care practitioners who are licensed in another state to provide temporary assistance in Connecticut for a period of 60 days.


District of Columbia

District of Columbia Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Application

Request for Active and Inactive/Retired Healthcare Licensees

Wavier of Licensure Requirements for Healthcare Providers

Notes: Any health care provider who is licensed in their home jurisdiction in their field of expertise who is providing health care to residents of the District shall be deemed temporary agents of the District for the duration of this Order, pursuant to the limitations:

  1. The health care provider is only providing health care services to individuals at a licensed health care facility in the District of Columbia
  2. The health care provider has an existing relationship with a patient who has returned to the District, providing continuity of services via telehealth

Professional licenses of physicians in the state will be retroactively extended through 45 days after the end of the public health emergency.


Florida

State Resources Page

Florida Volunteer Health Services

Executive Order for Re-Employment of Essential Personnel

Suspension of Statutes, Rules, and Orders, Made Necessary by COVID-19

Notes: Health care professionals, advanced life support professionals, basic life support professionals, and other essential personnel holding a valid, unrestricted, and unencumbered licenses in any state, territory, and/or district may render such services in Florida until 30 days after the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, or any extension thereof. This includes health care services to a patient in this state using telehealth. The order facilitates the re-employment of recently retired individuals if the re-employment assists the COVID-19 emergency response.


Georgia

Medical Board Press Release

Georgia State Resource

Expanding Temporary Licensing of Certain Medical Professions to Assist the State’s Response to the Spread of COVID-19

Emergency Practice Application

Notes: The Georgia Composite Medical Board is authorized to grant temporary licenses to physicians who apply for a temporary medical license and are currently licensed as a physician in good standing by equivalent boards in the other states to assist with the needs of this public health emergency. The following must first be approved:

  1. An application for the permit
  2. Proof of current and unrestricted licensure in another state
  3. A copy of a valid government-issued photo ID
  4. A current National Practitioner’s Data Bank Report

Illinois

Illinois Healthcare Professional Emergency Volunteer Program

Illinois State Resources Page

Executive Order in Response to COVID-19

Actions to Increase the Health Care Professionals Workforce During COVID-19

Out of State Practice Permit

Notes: Out-of-State physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, and respiratory care therapists may practice in Illinois if they are licensed in another state and are in good standing. They must be operating under the authority of IEMA/IDPH or at a long-term care facility, hospital, or FQHC, and must meet the standards of care mandated by the respective health care acts. This temporary practice approval expires on September 30, 2020. Telehealth services must be provided by Illinois-licensed providers. “Telehealth services” are expanded to include all health care, psychiatry, mental health treatment, substance use disorder treatment, and related services provided to a patient regardless of the patient’s location via electronic or telephonic methods. Health insurers may not impose utilization of review requirements; prior authorization requirements for in-network providers providing Telehealth Services related to COVID-19; or cost-sharing obligations for telehealth services provided by in-network providers. Insurers must cover the costs of telehealth services rendered by in-network providers for medically necessary covered services and may establish reasonable requirements and parameters for telehealth services.


Indiana

COVID-19 Temporary Health Care Volunteer Registry

State Resources Website

Managing Health Care Response - Health Care Providers Without an Active License in Indiana

IHCP Telemedicine FAQs  

Notes: Individuals who seek to provide health care in Indiana in response to this public health emergency who are not currently licensed to practice in the state, either because their Indiana license is no longer active or they are licensed by another state, may obtain temporary authorization to provide health care services. The registry created by the state is open to out-of-state healthcare practitioners; retired healthcare professionals; and recent graduates of accredited medical, registered nursing, physician assistant, and respiratory care programs.


Louisiana

COVID-19 Louisiana Volunteers Registration

Louisiana State Resources Page

Emergency Temporary Permit Application Information

Executive Order for Additional Measures Including Telehealth

State Emergency Temporary Permit Application

Notes: The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners has an emergency temporary permit application on their website for licensed out-of-state medical professionals seeking a temporary, voluntary license for an emergency event in the state of Louisiana.


Maryland 

COVID-19: Can You Offer In-Kind Services/Donations to Those in Need?

Maryland State Resources Page

Order of the Governor of Maryland Relating to Various Health Care Matters

Expanding Telehealth Services in Maryland

Notes: To respond to the catastrophic health emergency, licensing, certification and credentialing of health care practitioners has been modified to expand the practice capabilities, permissions, and authorizations to those who already hold a Maryland license and those who are licensed in other states. A hospital may appoint to its medical staff physicians and other healthcare practitioners to provide services for which the practitioner does not have an appropriate Maryland license.


Massachusetts

MA Healthcare Professionals Volunteer Portal

MA Responds Volunteer Portal

Order for Maximizing Health Care Provider Availability

Order of the Commissioner of Public Health

Easing Licensing Restrictions for Foreign-Educated Doctors

Emergency Temporary License Application

Notes: The Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued an Order including terms regarding reciprocity for out-of-state health care providers, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, community health workers, and emergency medical technicians, to name a few. Under the Order, a health care provider licensed in another state who presents verification to the corresponding Massachusetts licensing authority that their license is in good standing is the issuing state will be issued a corresponding Massachusetts license. The license will be valid during the state of emergency. All of these health care providers may provide services within the scope of practice authorized by the license in their profession, both in-person in Massachusetts and across state lines using telemedicine where appropriate, into Massachusetts.


Michigan

Executive Order for Temporary Relief from Certain Restrictions and Requirements Governing the Provision of Medical Services

Michigan State Medical Volunteer Form

Michigan State Resource Page

License Exemption during State of Emergency

Notes: Michigan law provides: “Under the circumstances and subject to the limitations stated in each case, the following individuals are not required to have a license issued under this article for practice of a health profession in this state: (c) An individuals who by education, training, or experience substantially meets the requirements of this article for licensure while rendering medical care in a time of disaster…” (MCL 333.16171). This provision does not require an individual apply for or be granted an exemption by the Department. The order also empowers the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to ensure an adequate supply of care providers during the emergency by granting the department additional flexibility in its decisions about licensing, registration, and workflow requirements. Effective immediately, LARA may renew a license to practice, regardless of whether the licensee has satisfied the counting education requirement applicable to their license. LARA may recognize hours worked responding to the COVID-19 emergency as hours toward counting education courses or programs required for licensure.


New Jersey

Expand Telehealth Access and Expedite Licensure of Out-of-State Professionals

Call to Serve Form

New Jersey State Resources for Healthcare Professionals Page

Executive Order 112  

Executive Order 115

Temporary License Application

Notes: New Jersey will waive a host of regulatory requirements for healthcare professionals licensed in other jurisdictions to become licensed in New Jersey and offer services to New Jersey residents, including telemedicine and telehealth services. The waivers will apply during the public health emergency related to COVID-19. The Governor also issued an order which allows retirees to return to state and local government employment without impacting their retirement pensions and removes restrictions on law enforcement’s ability to temporarily supplement their ranks.


New York

Help Now NYC

Health and Related Professionals Survey

NYC Health+ Hospitals Disaster Volunteer Privileges Application

Executive Order Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency

Executive Order Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency – May 5

Notes: In response to the evolving situation, physicians licensed and in current good standing in any state in the US can practice medicine in New York without civil or criminal penalty related to lack of licensure. An order by the Governor allows medical schools that are slated to graduate to begin practicing immediately to assist with the state’s surge health care force. The State Department of Financial Services will require insurance companies to waive co-pays for telehealth visits related to COVID-19.


Pennsylvania

Response Resource

Waived and Suspended Licensing Regulations

Pennsylvania Waives Certain Licensing Requirements to Allow Retired Health Care Professionals to Practice During Coronavirus Emergency

Issuance of Temporary Licenses to Health Care Practitioners Not Licensed In PA to be Expedited During Coronavirus Emergency

Application for a Temporary License for Physicians Not Licensed in Pennsylvania

Notes: The Governor granted the request for a suspension to allow licensed practitioners in other states to provide services to Pennsylvanians via the use of telemedicine, without obtaining a Pennsylvania license, for the duration of the emergency.


Texas

Texas Volunteer Registry

Texas State Resources

Waiver of Certain Regulations to Expand Workforce During COVID-19 Response

Easing of Regulations on Physicians-In-Training to Increase Heath Care Capacity 

Emergency Visiting Practitioner Temporary Permit

Texas Medical Board Press Release

Notes: The Texas Medical Board (TMB) has announced that physician licensees whose current permit expired/expires on 2/28/2020 or 5/31/2020 will automatically be extended through 8/31/2020, and any late fees previously accrued will be waived. Newly licensed physicians and physician assistants whose initial registration is due in March, April, May or June of 2020 will have that due date extended to 8/31/2020 as well. The Governor directed the TMB and the Texas Board of Nursing (TBN) to fast-track the temporary licensing of out-of-state physicians, physician assistants, certain retired physicians, nurses, and other license types. The TMB is allowing out-of-state physicians to obtain a Texas limited emergency license via two options: (1) hospital to hospital credentialing or (2) the issuance of an emergency license based on written verification of a physician licensed in Texas. Texas hospitals and facilities associated with Graduate Medical Education (GME) training programs will be able to utilize Physicians-In-Training permit holders, with proper physician oversight, in areas outside of their GME training program.


Virginia

Virginia Department of Health Professions Guidance

Virginia State Resources Page

Virginia Department of Health Volunteer Portal

Executive Order of Temporary Waiver to Reinstate or Reactive Licensure

Notes: A license issued to a health care practitioner by another state, and in good standing with such state, shall be deemed to be an active license issued by the Commonwealth to provide health care or professional services as a health care practitioner of the same type for which such license is issued in another state, provided such health care practitioner is engaged by a hospital, licensed nursing facility, or dialysis facility in the Commonwealth for the purpose of assisting that facility with public health and medical disaster response operations.


Washington

Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Information

Washington Medical Commission – Volunteers Needed & State Licensing Conditionally Waived

Proclamation Increasing Parity Between Health Care Providers Who Deliver In-Person and Telemedicine Care

Proclamation for Healthcare Worker Licensing

Emergency Healthcare Practitioners Volunteer Application

WAserv Registration Guide

Notes: If volunteers are registered in the volunteer health practitioner system and verified to be in good standing in all states where they are licensed, they may practice in Washington without obtaining a Washington license once activated and assigned by DOH. Health practitioners licensed in Washington can also enroll to be an emergency volunteer health practitioner.


Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Resource Page

Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry

Executive Order for Simplifying Healthcare License Renewals and Streamline Workforce Re-Entry

Temporary Changes to Telehealth Policy

Notes: Any health care provider with a valid and current license issued by another state may practice under that license and within the scope of that license in Wisconsin without first obtaining a temporary or permanent license from the Department of Safety and Professional Services. Review Section B of the Executive Order for a list of conditions. Both active and retired healthcare professionals can volunteer for critical clinical roles by entering their information into the WEAVR portal, a secure, password-protected, web-based volunteer registration system for healthcare and behavioral health professionals.


Sources

Federation of State Medical Boards: States Waiving Licensure Requirements/Renewals in Response to COVID-19

Center for Connected Health Policy

National Governors Association

Kaiser Family Foundation

Quorum