Gov. Mike Parson has taken early and effective action to prepare Missouri for the spread of COVID-19.
He has issued an executive order to remove the requirement that doctors establish a relationship with patients before they can begin diagnosis and treatment through telemedicine. This will reduce the burden on the health system, improve access to health care and increase social distancing.
He also issued an executive order to loosen some of our occupational licensing requirements, which allows out-of-state medical providers to offer care in-state. This move has further eased the burden on our health care system.
Further, Gov. Parson has been open and consistent in providing up-to-date information to the public, and his emergency actions have been consistent with our civil liberties.
There are additional actions that Gov. Parson can take that would further prepare us to fight COVID-19.
Gov. Parson could also take emergency action to loosen our certificate-of-need processes, which often prevent health care facilities from expanding and offering new services, inflating the cost of care in the process.
Thank Gov. Parson for his swift and effective actions in taking on the COVID-19 crisis and encourage him to take further action to prepare Missouri.