Bipartisan Federal Legislation Would Offer Important Liability Protections for Healthcare Professionals Treating Patients during COVID-19 National Emergency
(Rockville, MD, May 10, 2021) The Medical Professional Liability Association (MPL Association) President and CEO Brian K. Atchinson issued the following statement about the Coronavirus Provider Protection Act (H.R. 3021), introduced by Representatives Lou Correa (D-CA) and Michael Burgess, MD, (R-TX):
“For more than a year, healthcare professionals around the country have been treating patients under extraordinary conditions, working diligently and at great risk to provide care during the pandemic. The Coronavirus Provider Protection Act recognizes their continued sacrifices by providing targeted civil liability protection for healthcare professionals and facilities during the COVID-19 national public health emergency.
We applaud Representative Correa and Representative Burgess for introducing this bipartisan legislation to protect the nation’s frontline medical professionals from the threat of medical liability lawsuits stemming from care already provided as well as care that might have been delayed because of the coronavirus restrictions. Enacting this measure would allow healthcare professionals to continue to focus on providing care for patients without fear of unwarranted legal actions.
The MPL Association will continue to build bipartisan support in Congress to establish a foundation for this important measure.”