Medical workers at the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center on April 2, 2020 in New York. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS\/AFP via Getty Images) No one is being spared from COVID-19\u2019s wrath.\u00a0 For the Latino community, the numbers are sobering. According to a recent survey, nearly\u00a05 in 10\u00a0Latinos in New York City reported that either they or a household member lost their job because of the coronavirus. Latinos are more likely to be employed in some of the industries being hardest hit by government-ordered closures, including hospitality and service. A recent\u00a0Pew study\u00a0drove this point, finding that nearly two-thirds of employed Hispanics say they would not get paid if the coronavirus caused them to miss two weeks or more of work. The Latino community is desperately looking for economic relief and options for increased access to quality health care, especially during this pandemic.\u00a0To do that, policymakers should consider focusing on providing immediate economic relief to those most in need while removing unnecessary barriers between patients and providers.\u00a0 Unfortunately, some of the policies being enacted lose sight of both objectives, threatening to make things worse.\u00a0 The\u00a0Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act\u00a0recently signed into law, included provisions that had little to do with meeting the crisis, including $25 million for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. But it also includes important relief. Most notably, there is critical financial assistance for small business owners who employ a significant portion of our country\u2019s workforce\u2014including Latinos who are the primary breadwinners of their household.\u00a0 Additionally, the legislation includes direct cash payments to millions of individuals and families to compensate for income lost because of government-mandated shutdowns.\u00a0 Federal agencies and states are also taking action.\u00a0 The Health and Human Services Department issued a ruling that will allow doctors and other medical professionals to practice across state lines.\u00a0 In some states, including Virginia, lawmakers moved quickly to ease some restrictions on telemedicine. That makes it easier for patients dealing with stay-at-home orders to communicate with providers online, to diagnose symptoms and decide whether an in-person consultation is necessary.\u00a0 In other states such as Florida, which has a significant Latino population, lawmakers recently\u00a0repealed\u00a0some certificate-of-need laws, making it easier for certain clinics and hospitals to add new facilities and expand services for patients. Before this, local hospitals were required to comply with a lengthy and bureaucratic approval process that could slow down the ability for patients to receive care.\u00a0 Additionally, states could consider renewing all expired state-administered health\u202flicenses, permits, certifications, and registrations for the duration of the health emergency.\u202fThis is needed because many health care professionals have expired licenses and registrations that are required to legally deliver health care. States should immediately renew these licenses, without, so\u202fall\u202fqualified\u202fprofessionals\u202fcan treat patients during this global pandemic. To be sure, there is much more that policymakers will need to do to ensure that all Americans \u2014including Latinos\u2014 are able to recover from a battered economy and a health care system being tested in unimaginable ways.\u00a0 If policymakers can focus their efforts on helping those most in need while removing unnecessary barriers in our health care system, the American people will come out of this national crisis stronger than ever. *** Israel Ortega is a national spokesperson for the Libre Initiative, an organization committed to empowering the Hispanic community.