Flaw Prompts Veto of W.Va. Health Provider ID Bill

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia doctors, nurses and other health care providers will have even more time to make sure they wear identification badges on the job.

Legislation that would eventually mandate health provider IDs was vetoed Monday by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin because of technical errors.

Hospitals and other health facilities routinely require IDs. The bill passed during the regular session sought to ensure IDs statewide by July 2015.

The proposal is aimed at avoiding patient confusion by requiring all IDs to clearly list the provider's name and title.

The veto is the first since the Legislature left the Capitol earlier this month. Tomblin vetoed three other bills because of technical flaws while lawmakers were still in session. That allowed them to pass corrected versions of those measures.

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