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Holcomb Extends COVID-19 Executive Order For Just Two Days

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Brandon Smith/IPB News
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Gov. Eric Holcomb is again extending a limited COVID-19 executive order related to health care workers. But instead of another month, it’s just for two days.

Holcomb’s most recent directives, which ran through all of August, included temporary licensing of retired and out-of-state health care workers; suspension of payment requirements for Medicaid and the Healthy Indiana Plan; an expanded list of people who can provide COVID vaccinations, including EMTs and trained National Guardsmen; and waiving any penalties or interest on state taxes owed on unemployment benefits during the pandemic.

Those are all extended, but only through Wednesday.

Holcomb’s office said the short extension “will allow for ongoing conversations with health care stakeholders” as the governor decides how best to help hospitals during the current surge of COVID cases.

There was no other explanation for why a two-day extension is necessary.

Holcomb did extend the public health emergency declaration for another month, through the end of September. That declaration ensures Indiana remains eligible for federal emergency aid programs. And it triggers the governor's executive authority, which allows him to issue the kind of executive orders he extended Monday.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.