Through a series of executive orders, Governor Ricketts has eased restrictions on Nebraskans, providing Nebraskans with a framework that protects both public health and our economic well-being.
Some of these decisions include:
- Permitting restaurants and bars statewide greater flexibility to serve Nebraskans during the current public health emergency.
- Expediting the entry of medical professionals into the workforce.
- Giving healthcare facilities greater flexibility to respond to COVID-19.
- Waiving time limits for how long Critical Access Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgical Centers may keep patients.
- Deferring requirements for the renewal and implementation dates of facility licenses and extends the licenses so that they do not need to be renewed during this emergency.
- Waiving the Certificate of Need Act to allow hospitals to add or convert any beds into long-term care beds or rehabilitation beds in appropriate locations to care for COVID-19 patients who no longer require acute care support.
- Waiving the licensed bed limit if additional unlicensed beds are available or could be added for use in treating COVID-19 cases or to meet the needs of non-COVlD-19 patients.
- Directing the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to establish guidance for payment of Medicaid services via telehealth.