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House Bill 385 — Certified medication assistants

House Bill 385 — Certified medication assistants

Lindsay Atkinson
February 3, 2020

Bill description: +2

Rating: HB 385 repeals and replaces the current section of Idaho Code covering  certified medication assistants. 

Does it increase barriers to entry into the market? Examples include occupational licensure, the minimum wage, and restrictions on home businesses. Conversely, does it remove barriers to entry into the market? 

HB 385 repeals and replaces section 54-1406A, Idaho Code. This repeal and replacement moves the authority to set education and certification requirements for certified medication assistants from the unelected Idaho Board of Nursing to the elected Idaho State Legislature. 

This bill pulls the requirements currently set in rule by the board into statute, which ensures that all future changes to the requirements must be approved by elected officials. These requirements for certification are:

  • To be, at the time of application, a certified nursing assistant
  • To have completed an accredited certified medication assistant program
  • To have passed a medication aide certification exam
  • To pay all required fees associated with an application

This bill also removes the current requirement for certified medication assistants to submit to fingerprinting, as that is already a requirement of their certified nursing assistant qualification.


Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or other assessments? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce any taxes, fees, or other assessments? 

This bill sets a more comprehensive limit on fees than what is present in current law. Current law says that the board may impose “initial application and two (2) year renewal fees, as well as reinstatement fees, not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100).” This bill adds to that list another charge the board imposes: “verification of records fees.”

The board currently sets a $35 to $40 initial application fee, a $65 renewal fee, a $50 reinstatement fee, and a $35 verification of records fee, among other fees. Including verification of records fees in the calculation of the $100 limit ensures that the guidance set by the Legislature more accurately reflects all fees being charged. It also ensures that the total fee associated with either an application or renewal is not too burdensome.


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