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Americans for Prosperity-North Dakota wrote an open letter to Governor Doug Burgum on March 20 thanking him for his swift and effective leadership in taking on the public safety and economic challenges associated with the spread of COVID-19.
AFP-North Dakota applauded Governor Burgum for removing both licensing requirements for health care professionals and restrictions on telehealth and telemedicine services:
By lifting licensing barriers to allow health care providers to work in North Dakota, regardless of the state in which they are licensed, medical professionals are able to fully provide the services they are trained for and are able to increase access to health care services.
By removing regulatory barriers to telehealth and telemedicine for all patients, including those on public health programs such as Medicaid, North Dakota will allow medical professionals to provide services to a larger number of patients while also limiting the potential spread of the virus which could result from traditional, in-person office visits.
Governor Burgum’s emergency actions to expand access to health care are consistent with Americans for Prosperity’s March 17 guidance memo, which detailed policies states could enact to more effectively combat the coronavirus.
Read more about how AFP is partnering with communities, businesses, and policymakers to address the COVID-19 outbreak.