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Governor Tim Walz Signs Two Executive Orders to Mitigate Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

4/6/2020 10:02:16 AM

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz today signed /governor/assets/1a.%20EO%2020-28%20Final%20Filed_tcm1055-426995.pdfExecutive Orders 20-28 and /governor/assets/2a.%20EO%2020-29%20Final%20Filed_tcm1055-426997.pdf20-29 to authorize out-of-state mental health providers to provide telehealth services to Minnesota patients and to provide immediate relief to employers and unemployed workers during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency.

Executive Order 20-28 authorizes out-of-state mental health providers to treat Minnesota patients via telehealth services to help ensure that the mental health needs of Minnesotans are met during the stress and uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Minnesotans receive mental healthcare services from providers in neighboring states. Executive Order 20-28 ensures that care can continue. Executive Order 20-28 also waives certain late fees and deadlines for licensure of dentists, barbers, and cosmetologists.

To provide relief to Minnesota’s workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic, Executive Order 20-29 makes two amendments to Executive Order 20-05 (Providing Immediate Relief to Employers and Unemployed Workers During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency). The first amendment provides an administrative fix to streamline applications for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. The second amendment implements a federal notification requirement that will help Minnesota qualify for additional federal UI funds.

Parts of Executive Order 20-28 and all of Executive Order 20-29 are subject to approval by the Executive Council and will have the full force and effect of law upon approval.

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