How States Can Unleash Their Health-Care Workforce to Fight Coronavirus

A registered nurse walks out of a hospital during the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, April 1, 2020. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
Doctors aren’t the only ones who can help fight coronavirus.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F ederal and state governments are stepping up to support their health-care workforces during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the most significant public-health challenge to face our country in generations. Federal agencies and governors are already taking up several measures to allow doctors to practice across state lines, protect them from meritless lawsuits during the crisis, and enhance their ability to use telehealth services. The next step in the process, though — particularly for states — will be to unleash the potential for health-care professionals who don’t have an “M.D.” next to their name: nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and more.

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Andrew Lautz is a policy and government affairs manager with the National Taxpayers Union, a nonprofit dedicated to advocating for taxpayers at all levels of government.


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