×

Nurse renewal fee hike may be delayed

Nurses may get a reprieve from nursing license renewal fees this year.

Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Blue Bell, recently introduced House Bill 2956 to temporarily suspend the fee increase until at least six months after the end of the state’s COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration. The bill has been referred to the Professional Licensure Committee. It is unknown when the bill may be discussed by the committee.

“Recently, I have heard from nurses in my district that are dismayed at the nearly 100% increase of the annual fee to renew their nursing license in Pennsylvania,” Hanbidge wrote in her legislative justification. “This increase could not come at a worse time for nurses working the front lines during the COVID-19 global pandemic.”

According to the rules proposed last February by the state Board of Nursing, registered nurse renewal fees would increase from $65 to $122; licensed practical nursing renewal fees would increase from $60 to $76; CRNP renewal fees would increase from $75 to $81; LDN renewal fees would increase from $65 to $71; CNS biennial renewal fees would increase from $50 to $56; and CRNP prescriptive authority biennial renewal fees would increase from $25 to $41.

“The legislation I am introducing to remedy this problem is simple,” Hanbidge wrote. “My bill will temporarily waive the fee increase for nurses and other related health professionals during the COVID-19 crisis and the six months following the suspension of the disaster declaration. Nurses and other medical professionals are on the front lines caring for patients with COVID-19 and ensuring that our medical offices and hospitals continue to function. Pennsylvania would not be able to weather this storm without them.”

Newsletter

Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)
   

COMMENTS

Starting at $4.75/week.

Subscribe Today