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Minnesotans can now receive mental healthcare from out-of-state providers

On April 6th, Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order that authorized out of state mental health service providers to treat Minnesotan patients. This is to ensure Minnesotans continue to receive mental services, especially those who live out of state but have moved back to Minnesota due to the virus. Patients will be able to utilize telehealth services, connecting with their providers remotely. Executive order 20-28 also waives late fees for licenses for some businesses like dentists, barbershops, and cosmetologists. Governor Walz Stated; Many Minnesotans receive mental healthcare services from providers in neighboring states. Additionally, Minnesotans previously living out-of-state, including college students...

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Sunday Funnies from the Babylon Bee: New York To Raise Taxes On Coronavirus Causing It To Flee State

The article below originally appeared in the Babylon Bee: ALBANY, NY—New York state has announced a new plan to raise taxes on the novel coronavirus. The 15% income tax on all COVID-19 viruses, coupled with an 8% luxury disease tax, is expected to generate significant revenue and stop the virus in its tracks. The plan is designed to cause the virus to flee the state to a lower-tax, more virus-friendly area. "We thought about all the different ways to solve problems that we know of, and we just returned to the tried-and-true method: taxing something until it runs away," said Governor Andrew Cuomo....

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Research shows there is no evidence suggesting Certificate of Need (CON) laws are helpful

On March 26th I wrote an introductory blog regarding why Certificate of Need (CON) laws in healthcare do not make sense. I follow that up with more detail on what research has show regarding the effects of CON laws. Academic research has shown there isn't enough evidence supporting the idea that CON laws reduce costs, increase healthcare access for low income individuals and increase quality. Instead most evidence suggests CON laws do the opposite; they raise costs, reduce access to care by limiting supply and lead to low quality services....

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Certificate of Need (CON) laws in healthcare do not make sense

This is the logic behind CON laws: Hospitals incur fixed costs, and if they have too much capacity which they cannot fill they will charger higher costs for used beds in order to cover those high costs, therefore driving up costs. CON laws are there to prevent such rise in costs.Research has however shown however that CON laws do not lead to low costs. Findings show that controlling for other factors "CON laws seem to limit access to healthcare, fail to increase the quality of care, and contribute to higher costs."...

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