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State response

State landscape

With the first COVID-19 vaccine approved and another pending, states are developing plans for vaccine distribution. The CDC has assembled a list of state plans, and the AAD has compiled information about how vaccines will be distributed.

Some states have scaled back their reopening plans as the U.S. experiences continued high levels of COVID-19. Track the status of reopening plans and key markers, such as elective procedures.

Many states are updating licensing (PDF download) and CME requirements in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

In addition, some states have updated their medical liability rules to protect physicians responding to the pandemic. The AMA and Medical Professional Liability Association have assembled information on these updates (PDF download) and the Health Coalition on Liability and Access is compiling liability initiatives state by state.

State legislatures are introducing volumes of legislation addressing the numerous challenges posed by COVID-19, including appropriation requests, waiving cost-sharing requirements, paid sick leave and worker protections, business loss insurance, small business relief, telemedicine, and expanding the authority of state governors to address COVID-19. COVID-19 will have a profound impact on the 2021 state legislative sessions. (View COVID-19 bills the AADA is tracking.)

Additional COVID-19 government action resources

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