Gov. Ige signs two bills addressing workforce issues

Governor Ige signed two health care related bills last week.

Senate Bill 2298 provides tax credits for advance practice registered nurses, pharmacists, and physicians who volunteer for supervised clinical training rotations for students.

Providers who volunteer will receive a tax credit of $1,000 per rotation up to $5,000 a year beginning in 2019.

The goal of the law is to encourage providers to become preceptors in order to increase the number of health care providers in the state.

Governor Ige also signed Senate Bill 2653, which establishes requirements for licensure by endorsement for physicians, surgeons, and osteopathic physicians. In order to become licensed in the State of Hawaii, the provider must hold an active license in a jurisdiction with similar qualifications. The provider must also have actively practiced medicine for at least two of the last five years.

The law aims to make it easier on out of state providers to be able to practice in Hawaii while ensuring patient safety.

Both bills passed out of the Senate and House with widespread support.