Californians shouldn’t lose access to telehealth services because emergency order ended

In Politics by Michael Rae

Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom officially ended California’s COVID-19 “State of Emergency.” While ending that emergency order was long overdue, California has failed to permanently change many of the laws and regulations that were waived or altered during the COVID-19 pandemic to help temporarily allow patients to access needed health care remotely.

In the future, telehealth could help alleviate California’s growing shortage of primary care providers and ensure that all residents have access to the health care they need, regardless of where they live. Unfortunately, California’s antiquated licensing rules are preventing the state from reaping the full benefits of this burgeoning technology.

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