News and Commentary:
Adam Millsap warns in Forbes that occupational licensing and zoning policies will delay a recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and recession. He helpfully summarizes findings from an NBER paper on Covid-19 as a reallocation shock.
An article in The New Yorker points out one of the biggest barriers to immigrant doctors can be found in state licensing laws.
Courtney Joslin of R Street Institute has penned a letter to Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp on the importance of suspending statewide regulations on ocular telehealth services. Indeed, one of the best things governors can do is issue emergency changes to regulation to lay the groundwork for permanent changes via the legislature once the pandemic ceases.
Governor Abbott of Texas has taken the initiative in waiving renewal late fees for various licenses. Hopefully fees and barriers to occupations can be reduced via legislation in the future.
An article at Reason Commentary stresses why certificate of need laws should be upended to introduce greater competition and development among hospitals.
A new article in University of Pennsylvania’s The Regulatory Review stresses various changes including scope of practice and telehealth reforms to address the Covid-19 pandemic.