The latest from Governor Walz includes new executive orders granting Emergency Authority to the Department of Human Services (DHS), regulations preventing price gouging, and opening MNsure for enrollment.
- Preventing the spread of COVID-19 requires swift, decisive action, and granting Emergency Authority to DHS allows those decisions to be made. DHS will have the ability to waive or modify some state-level requirements, but will still need to report these to the Legislature.
- Price gouging, drastically raising the price of essential products, is prevented by law in many states already. Governor Walz’s emergency powers allow him to implement these needed regulations.
- A 30-day special enrollment period for MNsure will start Monday, the 23rd. You can take advantage of this at MNsure.org.
You can read more on these and other executive order here.
With things continuing to change rapidly, please be mindful of information sources, especially if it’s an email, phone call, or letter offering something that seems too good to be true. The Minnesota Department of Commerce has resources available for identifying and reporting scams, which you can find here. And here’s another useful compilation of numbers and links to help answer various pandemic-related questions.