Bill description: HB 7 would lower the age barrier for licensure as a nursing home administrator and put a cap on the length of time trainees have to complete their training.
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 7 would reduce the age requirement for licensure as a nursing home administrator from 21 to 18. If an individual can meet all the other requirements to work as an administrator at age 18 or older, this legislation would eliminate the barrier preventing them from working.
To obtain licensure as a nursing home administrator, applicants are required to serve 1,000 hours as an administrator-in-training underneath a fully licensed administrator. (Last year, this time requirement was reduced by more than 50 percent). Once these 1,000 hours are completed, applicants can take the licensure examination.
HB 7 would stipulate that these 1,000 hours of training must be completed within a period of two years. By putting a cap on the length of time administrators-in-training have to complete this requirement, this legislation would create a barrier for those who are only able to complete their training on a very part-time basis.