Gov. Kelly issues orders loosening restrictions on medicine, shipping

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly
Posted at 9:55 AM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 10:55:53-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced two new executive orders Sunday to prepare the state for more COVID-19 cases.

The first allows more flexibility for doctors as they prepare for an influx of patients.

Doctors will be allowed to issue prescriptions after a telemedicine consultation, will allow out-of-state doctors to provide telemedicine services to Kansans and permit temporary emergency licenses for healthcare professionals.

“By allowing more doctors to practice in Kansas – and more patients to be seen remotely – we can alleviate the increasing burden on our healthcare system,” Kelly said in a release. “Expanding the use of telemedicine for nonemergency-related assessments like routine checkups and prescribing medication frees up additional time, resources and physical space in our hospitals and clinics.”

The second order allows for a loosening of some motor carrier rules and regulations in order to move valuable resources.

It lifts some weight restrictions on shipping for carriers helping with COVID-19 response efforts.