State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today announced Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed her plan to combat Michigan’s shortage of health care workers by allowing registered and licensed nurses from other states to practice here.
Whiteford’s plan would have also allowed Michigan nurses to provide telemedicine services to their patients in bordering states that are in the licensure compact.
“To say I am disappointed by this outcome is an understatement,” said Whiteford, a registered nurse. “The governor claims to be committed to a swift and immediate response to the challenges we face as a result of COVID-19, yet she failed to take this opportunity to combat our state’s ongoing health care worker shortage.
“The governor chose to side with 10,000 union nurses out of 170,000 nurses in the state. Her veto also directly contradicts her executive order that allows nurses to work across state lines.”
The legislation would have provided licensure certainty to nurses who are currently working across state lines under the governor’s executive order.
Whiteford said health care worker shortages are not limited to the pandemic as the state has been battling them for years.
“Inter-state nurse compacts have been effective in 34 other states and there is no reason to assume Michigan’s outcome would be any different,” Whiteford said.
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Rep. Whiteford talks about her new, bi-partisan legislation, that she will co-sponsor with Dearborn Democrat Rep. Abdullah Hammoud, that will ban the billboard advertising of marijuana products. Rep. Whiteford says a similar ban on billboard tobacco advertising has been in place for decades.
Rep. Whiteford, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee building the $31 billion budget for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for the 2022 Fiscal Year, says the spending plan is seeing a significant infusion of federal dollars while continuing to serve as the state’s safety net.
Rep. Whiteford talks about passage this week of House Bill 4359, which expands the scope of practice for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists to improve patient access to safe anesthesia services. The legislation was part of a bipartisan package of health care reform legislation.