House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) and Assistant House Minority Leader Bradford Hill (R-Ipswich) have submitted joint written testimony calling for the swift enactment of legislation filed by Governor Charlie Baker to protect Massachusetts health care professionals from the threat of civil and suit liability while treating those afflicted with the coronavirus.
Senate Bill 2630, An Act to Provide Liability Protections for Health Care Workers and Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic, was the subject of a “virtual hearing” by the Joint Committee on Financial Services on April 13. In written testimony submitted to committee co-chairs Representative James M. Murphy (D-Weymouth) and Senator James T. Welch (D-West Springfield), Jones and Hill urged the committee “to report this bill out favorably as expeditiously as possible as time is of the essence.”
“These essential workers are caring for COVID-19 patients under extraordinarily strenuous and unfamiliar settings, and protecting them from liability will reduce anxiety during this difficult time and enhance their ability to treat their patients. We must ensure that the health care community is fully supported while they continue working to keep us safe and healthy,” Jones and Hill wrote.
Jones and Hill noted that New York has provided similar protections to its health care workers via Executive Order, while more than a dozen other states have passed laws limiting physician liability during a public health emergency.
Governor Baker issued a directive on April 8 to maximize protections for health care workers and facilities under the federal Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act. While the PREP Act’s liability protections are limited to the administration of drugs, testing and medical devices, Senate Bill 2630 will offer broader protections to doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians and other health care professionals, including those working at the temporary field hospitals being established at the DCU Center in Worcester, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and other locations.
“This legislation strikes an appropriate balance supporting physicians and protecting patients. We respectfully request the legislature take immediate action to safeguard physicians as they work overtime to care for patients and protect public health,” Jones and Hill wrote.
- ‘Pray for us’ – Health care workers help patients despite losing homes in Redding fire
- 15,000 University of California health care workers authorize union to schedule strike
- Union health care workers arrested at Kaiser protest in Downey after demanding stop to staff cuts
- Health care giants are racing to Roseville. Here’s what it means for patients – and the region’s economy
- Gavin Newsom’s first hires suggest the next California governor has big health care plans
- Saying no to the nurses: California Democrats aren’t pushing government-run health care this year
- Ford expects health-care costs to top $1 billion in 2020
- 21 regional chambers of commerce support health care coverage expansion
- Colin Allred hits District 32 rival Pete Sessions on health care in new television ad
- Letters: Congress, hate crimes, national health care, SITSA bill, LGBTQ families
- Lawsuit could jeopardize health care for 52 million
- Alexian Brothers Foundation to raise funds for mental health care with 33rd annual Ball de Fleur
- Lines Before Dawn, Violence and ‘No Trust’: China’s Health Care Crisis
- Here’s how MN governor candidates Walz and Johnson differ on health care, and what the experts say
- Millennials, We Need Your Help To Fix Health Care
- Study: Workers are now focusing on retirement benefits over health-care plans
- UM fuels debate on retainer-based health care
- Companies Respond to an Urgent Health Care Need: Transportation
- In health care debate, price control techniques weighed in Mass.
- Greg Abbott, Lupe Valdez collide on health care, in-state tuition and taxes, compete with Friday night lights
Jones, Hill Support Liability Protections For Health Care Workers have 583 words, post on patch.com at April 13, 2020. This is cached page on TechNews. If you want remove this page, please contact us.