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Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: How to Fight the Impact of Coronavirus

“Getting America back to work and preventing the next pandemic requires us to look critically at state and federal regulations that create needless barriers to the delivery of medical services, or to unleashing American ingenuity.” ~ Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer, The Buckeye Institute

Since the earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic, The Buckeye Institute has outlined  immediate actions Ohio policymakers can take to ensure Ohio is ready to fight and recover from the pandemic. The recommendations focus on policies to boost Ohio’s health care system and support Ohio’s workers, small businesses, and the economy.

Ohio has adopted many of Buckeye's policy recommendations to boost the state's health care system and support Ohio's workers, small businesses, and economy including:
•    Increasing telehealth access and monitoring;
•    Extending universal recognition of out-of-state medical licenses to doctors and physician assistants;
•    Extending universal recognition of out-of-state medical licenses to nurses;
•    Permitting pharmacists to test for COVID-19;
•    Enlisting medical and nursing students to support doctors and nurses fighting COVID-19;
•    Beginning to eliminate unnecessary budget commitments;
•    Instituting a hiring freeze in state government; and
•    Allowing establishments with an existing liquor permit to sell and deliver alcohol on carryout menus. 


Read our policy memos, briefs, commentary, testimony, and statements.

Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Suspending the CAT Will Help Ohio’s Economy
By Rea S. Hederman Jr.
May 28, 2020

Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Targeted State Assistance for Local Governments
By Greg R. Lawson
May 20, 2020

Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Medical License Reciprocity Should be Permanent
By James B. Woodward, Ph.D.
May 18, 2020

Giving Families Certainty: Enhancing Education with Education Savings Accounts
By Greg R. Lawson
May 14, 2020

COVID-19 Related Lawsuits Threaten Ohio’s Economy
Testimony to the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee
Andrew J. Geisler
May 13, 2020

Businesses and Workers Need Immunization from COVID-19 Lawsuits
Testimony to the Ohio House of Representatives Civil Justice Committee
Andrew J. Geisler
May 12, 2020

Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Remove Barriers to Mental Health Services
By Rea S. Hederman Jr.
May 11, 2020

Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Protecting Businesses and Workers from COVID-19 Related Lawsuits
By Andrew J. Geisler
May 8, 2020

Pharmacists Can Help Expand Access to Care in Ohio
Testimony to the Ohio Senate Local Government, Public Safety, and Veterans Affairs Committee
Greg R. Lawson
May 6, 2020

Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Bail Reform Will Keep Our Communities Safer
By Andrew J. Geisler
May 5, 2020

Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Expanding Broadband to Underserved Areas
By Greg R. Lawson
May 4, 2020

Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Roadmap to Reopen Ohio Safely
By Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Greg R. Lawson
April 29, 2020

Testimony to the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission
Robert Alt
April 20, 2020

Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Universal Occupational Licensing Reciprocity will Strengthen Ohio’s Health Care System
By James B. Woodward, Ph.D.
April 20, 2020

The Buckeye Institute: Criteria For Transitioning Ohioans Back to Work Should Be Public and Transparent
Statement by Robert Alt
April 16, 2020

Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Using the Rainy Day Fund to Fight COVID-19’s Impact
By Lukas Spitzwieser 
April 15, 2020

Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Enhancing Education with Education Savings Accounts
By Greg R. Lawson
April 13, 2020

Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Redirecting State Resources to Fight COVID-19
By Greg R. Lawson
April 9, 2020

Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Lifting Restrictions on Nurses to Fight COVID-19
By Rea S. Hederman Jr.
April 8, 2020

Moves by state can get us through pandemic
The Columbus Dispatch
Rea S. Hederman Jr. 
April 1, 2020

Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: Enlisting Pharmacists to Fight COVID-19
By Greg R. Lawson
April 1, 2020

State innovators can help us cope with this pandemic
Washington Examiner
By Quin Hillyer 
March 23, 2020

Policy Solutions for the Pandemic: How Ohio Can Fight the Impact of Coronavirus
By Rea S. Hederman Jr.; Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D.; Lukas Spitzwieser; and James Woodward, Ph.D.
March 23, 2020