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Earlier today, Americans for Prosperity released guidance urging states to take swift and targeted action to address the legitimate public safety challenges associated with the spread of the novel coronavirus. Based on the experiences of other countries, access to critical health care services is one of the most important needs that states should be working to address.
While our hospitals are not currently experiencing a surge of new patients and other healthcare resources are capable of meeting today’s needs, Governor Reynolds’ executive order will position Iowa well if an outbreak is to take place. The key pieces of that executive order as it relates to preparing for expanded access include:
Separate from today’s order by Governor Reynolds, the legislature has also taken actions which could prove to be critically important. Specifically, both chambers passed SF 2357, with unanimous support, to expand scope of practice for nurses and physicians assistants. By allowing these individuals to practice to the full extent of their training, we allow hospitals to make important decisions about how best to allocate all of the resources at their disposal.
There is still a great level of uncertainty around COVID-19, but AFP-Iowa is encouraged by some of the moves our elected officials are taking to ensure greater levels of access to care. These decisions position us well to weather this storm.