From the WH: Health Care Regulations Trimmed during the Pandemic

From the WH on their deregulation effort:

White House Governors’ Initiative on Regulatory Innovation

On October 21, 2019 the Trump Administration announced the Governors’ Initiative on Regulatory Innovation to extend the President’s historic regulatory reform to every level of government.  This initiative, led by Vice President Mike Pence, aims to cut regulations and costs, advance occupational licensing reform, and better align local, state and federal regulations.  The initiative aims to work with State, local, and tribal leaders from across the country who are championing deregulatory and smarter regulation activity.

On November 18, Vice President Pence and several Trump Administration leaders held a kick-off call with over 40 initiative champions, including 10 governors to begin coordination on this important work. On December 16, President Trump, Vice President Pence and several Administration leaders met with 10 initiative champions, including seven governors to further develop initiative activities and publicize the important work. Over 300 State, local, and tribal leaders (including 25 governors) have agreed to serve as Initiative champions and more continue to step forward.

Since the President’s announcement in October:

  • Iowa and Missouri joined Arizona in enacting universal occupational licensing reform.
  • Florida, Colorado, Oklahoma, and 16 other States have reformed their occupational licensing laws, removing burdens to getting Americans back to work.
  • Arizona required three regulations to be eliminated for every new regulation created. Oklahoma required two for one. Idaho removed 75% of their regulatory code and announced zero-based regulation. Ohio launched an Artificial Intelligence tool to analyze their regulatory code. Florida is targeting onerous government red tape.

Initiative Workstreams:

  • Putting People Over Paperwork: Reduce the number and costs of regulations through 2-for-1 provisions or other measures to prevent unnecessary regulatory growth, as the Trump Administration has done under Executive Order 13771.
  • Advancing Workforce Freedom & Mobility: Advance workforce mobility through occupational licensing reciprocity and other reforms – especially for historically disadvantaged men and women, and military spouses.
  • Transforming America’s Communities: Eliminate unnecessary regulations that are burdening America’s communities and families.
  • Unleashing American Energy Dominance: Reduce outdated and onerous regulations and duplicative permitting that slows infrastructure improvements.

What You Need To Know | President Trump is Providing Regulatory Relief to Jumpstart the Economy and Get Americans Back to Work


President Trump recently signed an executive order that will help slash red tape in order to revitalize the economy and get Americans back to work. (Executive Order here)

  • The President is directing agencies to use all emergency authorities to swiftly identify regulations that can be rescinded or temporarily waived to promote job creation and economic growth.
    • Agencies have used these emergency authorities to fight coronavirus, and now we will use them to revitalize our economy and lift up our country again.
    • The Trump Administration will utilize the same determination to jumpstart the economy that it has used to combat the coronavirus.
  • The President’s order asks agencies to speed up the rulemaking process by moving proposed rulemakings to interim final rules with immediate effect – saving years in some cases.
  • President Trump has long made deregulation a major pillar of his pro-growth policies, freeing up small businesses and entrepreneurs to create jobs and drive economic growth.

The President is providing regulatory relief for American businesses as they work to recover from the impact of the coronavirus.

  • The President is directing agencies not to over-enforce when a business is working in good faith to follow the law.
    • This discretion will especially benefit small businesses, who are fighting to recover from the impact of this pandemic.
  • The President’s order establishes a “Regulatory Bill of Rights,” a set of 10 basic principles of fairness to govern the administrative enforcement and adjudication process.
    • These principles will help give businesses the confidence they need to invest and grow as we recover as a nation.

Deregulation has played a key role in the Administration’s coronavirus response, and we will look through the hundreds of actions taken already to see which ones can be made permanent.

  • President Trump and his Administration have taken over 600 regulatory actions to combat the coronavirus, including many suspensions, waivers, enforcement discretion, and more.
  • The Administration will look at ways to make many of these actions permanent.

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