As received in a newsletter from the Washington Department of Health:
On March 26, Governor Jay Inslee issued proclamation 20-25 on healthcare worker licensing. The proclamation waived certain statutes and rules with the intent to increase the health care system’s capacity to respond to COVID-19. The proclamation is in effect until midnight on April 25, 2020, unless extended by legislative approval.
The information below summarizes the rules that were waived for health professions. The Governor’s powers to issue proclamations that waive law during emergencies (RCW 43.7.06.220(4)) states that no orders concerning waiver or suspension may continue longer than thirty days unless extended by the legislature.
Waiver of continuing education requirements for returning from expired to active status
The Governor has waived continuing education and training requirements to return from expired to active licensing status through April 25, 2020 by waiving WAC 246-980-115(1)(c), and (2)(a) language “submit proof of twelve continuing education hours as required by RCW 74.39A.341 and WAC 246-980-110 for each year it has been expired.”
Extension of health profession license expiration dates
As a reminder, to allow health professionals to focus on patient care during the COVID-19 outbreak and reduce the economic burden on providers not able to work during this emergency, the Secretary of Health has extended health profession license expiration dates to September 30, 2020. Governor’s Proclamation 20-32provides authority for this action without agency rulemaking.