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TITLE 26HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
PART 1HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
CHAPTER 557MEDICATION AIDES--PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
RULE §557.129Alternate Licensing Requirements for Military Service

(a) Fee waiver based on military experience.

  (1) HHSC waives the combined permit application and examination fee described in §557.109(c)(1)(A) of this chapter (relating to Application Procedures) and §557.128(n)(1)(A) of this chapter (relating to Home Health Medication Aides) and the permit application fee described in §557.125(f)(1) of this chapter (relating to Requirements for Corrections Medication Aides) for an applicant if HHSC receives and approves a request for a waiver of fees from the applicant in accordance with this subsection.

  (2) To request a waiver of fees under this subsection, an applicant must submit a written request for a waiver with the applicant's application for a permit submitted to HHSC in accordance with this section. The applicant must include with the request:

    (A) documentation of the applicant's status as a military service member, military veteran, or military spouse that is acceptable to HHSC;

    (B) documentation of the type and dates of the service, training, and education the applicant received and an explanation as to why the applicant's military service, training or education substantially meets all of the requirements for a permit under this chapter; and

    (C) for status as a military spouse:

      (i) a copy of a marriage certificate issued to the applicant by a state of the United States or a foreign government; and

      (ii) a copy of a current military service order issued to the applicant's spouse by the armed forces of the United States, the State of Texas, or another state.

  (3) Documentation of military status that is acceptable to HHSC includes:

    (A) for status as a military service member, a copy of a current military service order issued to the applicant by the armed forces of the United States, the State of Texas, or another state; and

    (B) for status as a military veteran, a copy of a military service discharge order issued to the applicant by the armed forces of the United States, the State of Texas, or another state.

  (4) If HHSC requests additional documentation, the applicant must submit the requested documentation.

  (5) HHSC approves a request for a waiver of fees submitted in accordance with this subsection if HHSC determines that the applicant is a military service member or a military veteran and the applicant's military service, training, or education substantially meets all of the requirements for licensure under this chapter.

(b) Fee waiver based on reciprocity.

  (1) HHSC waives the combined permit application and examination fee described in §557.109(c)(1)(A) of this chapter and §557.128(n)(1)(A) of this chapter and the permit application fee described in §557.125(f)(1) of this chapter for an applicant if HHSC receives and approves a request for a waiver of fees from the applicant in accordance with this subsection.

  (2) To request a waiver of the fee under this subsection, an applicant must include a written request for a waiver of the fee with the applicant's application that is submitted to HHSC in accordance with §557.128(h) of this chapter. The applicant must include with the request documentation of the applicant's status as a military service member, military veteran, or military spouse that is acceptable to HHSC.

  (3) Documentation of military status that is acceptable to HHSC includes:

    (A) for status as a military service member, a copy of a current military service order issued to the applicant by the armed forces of the United States, the State of Texas, or another state;

    (B) for status as a military veteran, a copy of a military service discharge order issued to the applicant by the armed forces of the United States, the State of Texas, or another state; and

    (C) for status as a military spouse:

      (i) a copy of a marriage certificate issued to the applicant by a state of the United States or a foreign government; and

      (ii) a copy of a current military service order issued to the applicant's spouse by the armed forces of the United States, the State of Texas, or another state.

  (4) If HHSC requests additional documentation, the applicant must submit the requested documentation.

  (5) HHSC approves a request for a waiver of the fee submitted in accordance with this subsection if HHSC determines that:

    (A) the applicant holds a license, registration, certificate, or permit as a medication aide in good standing in another jurisdiction with licensing requirements substantially equivalent to or that exceed the requirements for a permit under this chapter; and

    (B) the applicant is a military service member, a military veteran, or a military spouse.

(c) Additional time for permit renewal.

  (1) HHSC gives a medication aide an additional two years to complete the permit renewal requirements described in §557.115 of this chapter (relating to Permit Renewal) if HHSC receives and approves a request for additional time to complete the permit renewal requirements from a medication aide in accordance with this subsection.

  (2) To request additional time to complete permit renewal requirements, a medication aide must:

    (A) submit a written request for additional time to HHSC before the expiration date of the medication aide's permit; and

    (B) include, along with the request, documentation of the medication aide's status as a military service member that is acceptable to HHSC, which includes a copy of a current military service order issued to the medication aide by the armed forces of the United States, the State of Texas, or another state.

  (3) If HHSC requests additional documentation, the medication aide must submit the requested documentation.

  (4) HHSC approves a request for two additional years to complete permit renewal requirements submitted in accordance with this subsection if HHSC determines that the medication aide is a military service member, except HHSC does not approve a request if HHSC granted the medication aide a previous extension and the medication aide has not completed the permit renewal requirements during the two-year extension period.

  (5) If a medication aide does not submit the written request described by paragraph (2) of this subsection before the expiration date of the medication aide's permit, HHSC will consider a request after the expiration date of the permit if the medication aide establishes to the satisfaction of HHSC that the request was not submitted before the expiration date of the medication aide's permit because the medication aide was serving as a military service member at the time the request was due.

(d) Renewal of expired permit.

  (1) HHSC renews an expired permit if HHSC receives and approves a request for renewal from a former medication aide in accordance with this subsection.

  (2) To request renewal of an expired permit, a former medication aide must submit a written request with a permit renewal application within five years after the former medication aide's permit expired. The former medication aide must include with the request documentation of the former medication aide's status as a military service member, military veteran, or military spouse that is acceptable to HHSC.

  (3) Documentation of military status that is acceptable to HHSC includes:

    (A) for status as a military service member, a copy of a current military service order issued to the former medication aide by the armed forces of the United States, the State of Texas, or another state;

    (B) for status as a military veteran, a copy of a military service discharge order issued to the former medication aide by the armed forces of the United States, the State of Texas, or another state; and

    (C) for status as a military spouse:

      (i) a copy of a marriage certificate issued to the former medication aide by a state of the United States or a foreign government; and

      (ii) a copy of a current military service order issued to the former medication aide's spouse by the armed forces of the United States, the State of Texas, or another state.

  (4) If HHSC requests additional documentation, the former medication aide must submit the requested documentation.

  (5) HHSC approves a request for renewal of an expired permit submitted in accordance with this subsection if HHSC determines that:

    (A) the former medication aide is a military service member, military veteran, or military spouse;

    (B) the former medication aide has not committed an offense listed in Texas Health and Safety Code §250.006(a) and has not committed an offense listed in Texas Health and Safety Code §250.006(b) during the five years before the date the former medication aide submitted the initial permit application;

    (C) the former medication aide is not listed on the EMR; and

    (D) the former medication aide is not listed on the NAR.

(e) Recognition of Out-of-State Permit of Military Spouse.

  (1) A military spouse may engage in the practice of a medication aide in Texas without obtaining a permit, according to the application requirements of §557.103 of this chapter (relating to Requirements for Administering Medications), §557.125 of this chapter (relating to Requirements for Corrections Medication Aides) or §557.128 of this chapter (relating to Home Health Medication Aides), if the spouse:

    (A) is currently licensed in good standing by another jurisdiction that has permitting requirements substantially equivalent to the requirements for a permit in Texas;

    (B) notifies HHSC in writing of the spouse's intent to practice in Texas;

    (C) submits to HHSC proof of the spouse's residence in this state and a copy of the spouse's military identification; and

    (D) receives from HHSC:

      (i) confirmation that HHSC has verified the spouse's permit in the other jurisdiction; and

      (ii) a permit to practice as a medication aide in Texas.

  (2) HHSC will review and evaluate the following criteria when determining whether another state's permitting requirements are substantially equivalent to the requirement for a permit under the statutes and regulations of this state:

    (A) whether the other state requires an applicant to pass an examination that demonstrates competence in the field to obtain the permit;

    (B) whether the other state requires an applicant to meet any experience qualifications to obtain the permit;

    (C) whether the other state requires an applicant to meet education qualifications to obtain the permit;

    (D) whether the other state denies an application for permit from an applicant who has been convicted of an offense containing elements similar to offenses listed in §557.121(b) of this subchapter; and

    (E) the other state's permit requirements, including the scope of work authorized to be performed under the permit issued by the other state.

  (3) The military spouse must submit:

    (A) a written request to HHSC for recognition of the spouse's permit issued by the other state;

    (B) any form and additional information regarding the permit issued by the other state required by the rules of the specific program or division within HHSC that licenses the business or occupation;

    (C) proof of residence in this state, which may include a copy of the permanent change of station order for the military service member to whom the military spouse is married;

    (D) a copy of the military spouse's identification card;

    (E) proof the military service member is stationed at a military installation in Texas; and

    (F) proof that fingerprints submitted to the Texas Department of Public Safety for a Federal Bureau of Investigations criminal background check enable HHSC to confirm that the military spouse is in compliance with other laws and regulations applicable to medication aides in Texas.

  (4) Upon verification from the permitting jurisdiction of the military spouse's permit, and if the permit is substantially equivalent to a Texas permit, HHSC shall issue a confirmation that HHSC has verified the spouse's permit in the other jurisdiction and a permit to practice as a medication aide in Texas.

  (5) The permit issued under paragraph (4) of this subsection will expire three years from date of issuance or when the military service member is no longer stationed at a military installation in Texas, whichever comes first. The license issued under paragraph (4) of this subsection may not be renewed.

  (6) HHSC replaces a lost, damaged, or destroyed permit for a military spouse as provided in §557.117 of this chapter (relating to Changes), but the military spouse does not pay the replacement permit fee.

  (7) The military spouse shall comply with all applicable laws, rules, and standards of this state, including applicable Texas Health and Safety Code and Texas Administration Code provisions.

  (8) HHSC may withdraw or modify the verification letter for reasons including:

    (A) the military spouse fails to comply with subsection (i) of this section; or

    (B) the military spouse's licensure required under paragraph (1)(A) of this subsection expires or is suspended or revoked in another jurisdiction.


Source Note: The provisions of this §557.129 adopted to be effective September 24, 2018, 43 TexReg 6328; amended to be effective December 26, 2021, 46 TexReg 9054

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