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The State of Oregon's Health Licensing Office (HLO), part of the Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division, is a central licensing and regulatory office that oversees multiple health and related professions. HLO protects the health, safety and rights of Oregon consumers by ensuring only qualified applicants are authorized to practice. HLO reviews and approves applicant qualifications, conducts examinations, inspects thousands of licensed facilities and independent contractors, responds to and investigates consumer complaints, and disciplines licensees who are found in violation of state requirements.
To that end, HLO works with 16 boards, councils and programs in the State of Oregon.
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During the 2021 Legislative Session the Oregon Health Authority, Health Licensing Office will be requesting licensing fee increases for the Board of Cosmetology (Board). The Board must increase fees to cover the cost of licensing and regulating the Board’s professionals and protecting the public.
The Health Licensing Office (HLO) has filed a proposed administrative rule with the Oregon Secretary of State, which has been published in the October 2020 Oregon Bulletin. The rule clarifies during an emergency declared by the Governor of Oregon, that it is unprofessional conduct to and the potential consequences of, an authorization holder failing to comply with an Executive Order issued by the Governor or the Oregon Administrative Rules overseeing their profession. The proposed language is similar to the temporary rule 331-020-0078, that took effect on May 15, 2020, with additional clarification and a different rule number.
The Health Licensing Office (HLO) has filed a permanent Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) with the Oregon Secretary of State. The rule change adopts OAR 331-010-0015, which proposes relief to all authorization holders of financial burdens caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, by discounting the late fee to $1 if the renewal date falls between March 8, 2020, and 30 days after the date on which the declared state of emergency, and any extension of the declaration, is no longer in effect.
The Health Licensing Office has filed a permanent administrative rule with the Oregon Secretary of State on behalf of the Board of Direct Entry Midwifery. Ther permanent rule continues the discount of the license and renewal fees until July 1, 2024. The rule is needed for midwifery licensing to continue at a lower cost to allow for the increased demand of families seeking birth at home or in birthing centers.
This permanent rule language is effective Septermber 15, 2020, and replaces a temporary rule in effect since April 1, 2020.
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