Physician assistants could practice across state lines under a bill moving in the North Carolina House. The legislation would make North Carolina the latest state to join a compact agreement. The agreement means that physician assistants will be able to practice here with licenses from other states.

Representative Erin Pare from the 37th District south of Raleigh is the bill’s sponsor. She says it could help North Carolina attract more medical providers.

“And this really helps people who relocate frequently like military spouses. The benefit of licensure to the state, of course, is workforce development, collaboration with other states and consumer access to physicians assistant practitioners,” she said.

The bill passed its first committee hearing Tuesday. [source]