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Federal Emergency Declaration Amended to Facilitate Telehealth, Preempt State Licensing Laws

posted: December 10, 2020

On December 3, HHS amended the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act to allow healthcare providers to order or administer "covered countermeasures" (e.g., COVID-19 diagnostic tests) across state lines. Of note, the amendment preempts state laws prohibiting telehealth across state lines.