Ricketts’ executive order aims to get more medical professionals to work faster

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Gov. Pete Ricketts is hoping to streamline more health care workers into their fields with a new executive order.

The order suspends several statutes, allowing health care professionals to get to work while they await approval of their licenses.

More professionals are eligible for a time-limited provisional license under the new executive order. It covers professions in chiropractic, alcohol and drug counseling, and speech language pathology, among several others.

One-on-one training for licensure has also been put off, allowing more options for remote training.

The governor’s office says the changes will help the state’s health care system more readily serve Nebraskans.

The executive order lasts through June 30, but the Department of Health and Human Services plans to work with the Legislature next year to write the changes into law.

Ricketts, in collaboration with Gov.-elect Jim Pillen, issued the executive order Wednesday.

The complete details of the executive order can be read on the governor’s website.

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