30 March 2020 – Public safety employees who contract COVID-19 during the course of their employment will be reimbursed for reasonable medical expenses

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Civil Defence, Social Services
Level of Jurisdiction: TX
Lead People/Agency: Governor of the State of Texas

Overview: Governor Greg Abbott has waived certain statutory provisions to ensure public safety employees who contract COVID-19 during the course of their employment will be reimbursed for reasonable medical expenses related to their treatment of COVID-19. 
Full details here: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-waives-covid-19-medical-cost-sharing-for-public-safety-employees

Type of Justification: Perception of an increased threat
Evidence/Justification: “Texas’ public safety employees are vital to our COVID-19 response,” said Governor Abbott. “These brave men and women are on the front lines and risking potential exposure to keep our communities safe. By waiving these regulations, Texas will ensure that those who may contract COVID-19 will have the support they need to pay for medical expenses.”