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States Respond to COVID-19: Colo. Hospital Capacity, Special Legislative Sessions

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) on Nov. 23 signed an executive order allowing hospitals to transfer or deny patients when the hospital reaches full capacity.

This executive order gives hospitals the ability to transfer patients without needing prior patient approval; however, it does not supersede the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. As of now, the executive order will stay in place for 30 days.

States Host Special Sessions due to COVID-19

Several states across the nation are hosting special legislative sessions to address COVID-19, including:

  • Colorado, which began a special session Nov. 30;
  • Illinois, where veto session was postponed until Nov. 17–19 and Dec. 1–3 due to COVID-19;
  • Missouri, which postponed a special session on COVID-19 funding distribution until after Thanksgiving; and
  • New Mexico, which held a special session Nov. 24 regarding COVID-19 relief.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the pandemic. Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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