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Governor's executive orders protect from price gouging, expand telehealth services

Additional tools were also given to the California Department of Justice and Attorney General's Office, among others.

Posted: Apr 3, 2020 7:56 PM
Updated: Apr 3, 2020 8:13 PM

CALIFORNIA - Governor Gavin Newsom issued two executive orders on March 3 to help in protecting consumers from price gouging and in providing health services during the current coronavirus pandemic.

The order generally prohibits sellers of any kind from increasing the prices on food, consumer goods, medical or emergency supplies and certain other items by more than 10%, according to the Governor's office.

Additional tools were also given to the California Department of Justice and Attorney General's Office, among others, through the executive order, to take action against price gougers.

“This crisis has impacted every Californian and our normal way of life, and we are ensuring that all consumers are able to purchase what they need, at a fair price,” said Governor Newsom.

Read more of the executive order, HERE.

In a separate order, Governor Newsom expanded telehealth services so medical providers could use video chats and technology to provide routine and non-emergency appointments. This in a way to minimize patient exposure to the coronavirus.

This order, the Governor's office explained, relaxes certain state privacy and security laws for medical providers so they can do telehealth appointments without the worry of being penalized.

“This order provides flexibility to our medical and health providers so that they are able to provide continuity of health services to people across the state, and will allow providers to assess a greater number of patients while limiting the risk of exposure and infection of other persons from in-person consultations,” said Governor Newsom.

Read more of the telehealth executive order, HERE.

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