On July 6, 2015, Iowa joined nine other states in enacting the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. This coalition of states is committed to expanding access to quality healthcare across the country by working to reducing barriers to obtaining licenses in multiple states. The Compact was initiated by the Federation of State Medical Boards as a way to streamline the licensing process for physicians and increase care access to underserved areas through the use of telemedicine.
The legislation surrounding the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact was finalized and released in September 2014, and 19 state legislatures have introduced this legislation for consideration. The Compact was not formally established until May 2015 after seven states enacted Compact legislation. Numerous state medical and osteopathic boards have signaled their support for the Compact as a means to improve access and information sharing across state lines.