COVID-19

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    CMS relaxes more regulations to help hospitals fight coronavirus

    At both the state and federal level, much of the coronavirus policy response has focused on deregulatory efforts to assist the effort of frontline health care workers. Lawmakers and state leaders around the country have relaxed regulations on things like certificate of need laws…
    Jordan Roberts, March 31, 2020
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    Hospitals to receive advanced Medicare payments

    Hospitals around the country are preparing to handle the onslaught of patients who need care due to the spreading coronavirus. Some hospitals, like those in New York, are already facing a massive wave of patients needing high-intensity care. One of the ways that hospitals have prepared themselves is to cancel…
    Jordan Roberts, March 31, 2020
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    We Need To Clarify Whether Ammo Sales as “Essential Services”

    On Tuesday, March 24, Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker announced his office was suspending all pistol permit and concealed-carry services. However, as JLF’s Jon Sanders writes in his recent research brief, Baker does not have the authority to make that decision. Sanders writes: There’s a big problem with this announcement: Baker…
    Brenee Goforth, March 30, 2020
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    Raleigh restaurants, before and after the shutdown order

    Here are several Raleigh establishments' Instagram notifications before and after the governor's shutdown order. Their communications to patrons and friends offer a snapshot of an extraordinary time. They offer a picture of the very difficult choices being faced by restaurant owners everywhere.
    Jon Sanders, March 30, 2020
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    How far will your federal coronavirus payment go?

    For some people, there is never enough money. A writer for a policy group on the left grouses this time about the paltriness of federal payments to taxpayers by deliberately understating the amount of money a family could receive and overstating the costs to be borne. Some money is better…
    Joseph Coletti, March 30, 2020
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    Gun stores, manufacturers, even shooting ranges added to DHS list of critical infrastructure

    All the ambiguity and rigmarole over whether Wake County or Gov. Cooper were closing gun stores as nonessential businesses are now moot.
    Jon Sanders, March 29, 2020
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    “HeadLocke” Covers COVID-19: Research and K-12 Schools

    The John Locke Foundation continues its coverage of the way the Coronavirus outbreak is affecting North Carolina this week in the latest episode of the “HeadLocke” podcast. In this week’s episode, host Mitch Kokai has two guests from the John Locke Foundation itself, CEO Amy Cooke, and Director of Education…
    Brenee Goforth, March 27, 2020
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    Will it have been worth it?

    As of this morning, per Carrington's article in CJ, the Division of Employment Security had received 195,661 unemployment insurance claims from since March 16.
    Jon Sanders, March 26, 2020