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Hospital Letter Urges Federal Liability Protection for Frontline Providers

May 07, 2020 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News

A group of hospitals and health systems, including FAH, joined together today to send a letter to congressional leaders urging legislative action to protect those serving on the front lines of the pandemic from unwarranted legal action related to COVID-19.

Several states have taken action to shield providers from the legal exposure that results from actions and decisions undertaken in responding to an unprecedented public health emergency. But there is an inconsistent level of action across the country and federal legislation would ensure all frontline workers are protected.

The letter asks for liability legislation to be included in the next coronavirus relief package and was sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

In addition to FAH, America’s Essential Hospitals, American Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, Catholic Health Association of the United States, Children’s Hospital Association, National Association for Behavioral Healthcare, Premier healthcare alliance and Vizient, Inc. joined the letter.

For the full letter click here.