Correa and Roe to Receive 2021 MPL Association
Award of Excellence for Public Policy
(Rockville, MD, May 18, 2021)—The Medical Professional Liability (MPL) Association has announced that Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) and former Tennessee Rep. Phil Roe, MD, will receive the 2021 Award of Excellence for Public Policy. This award is given to government officials or private citizens who have undertaken exemplary efforts to recognize and advance the public policy needs of the MPL community.
Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) was elected to the House of Representatives in 2016 and serves on the House Judiciary Committee. In the 116th Congress, Rep. Correa became the lead Democratic cosponsor of the Coronavirus Provider Protection Act, legislation to provide liability protections for healthcare professionals and facilities during the pandemic. Rep. Correa was tremendously influential in increasing support for the bill among his colleagues.
Former Representative Phil Roe, MD, served the people of Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District for 12 years before retiring in January. Prior to his time in Congress, Dr. Roe practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 31 years; this experience and his knowledge of medical liability issues motivated him to introduce the Coronavirus Provider Protection Act. As a champion of that legislation, he worked tirelessly to encourage his colleagues to endorse the bill and seek its inclusion in COVID-19 relief legislation.
“We commend Representative Correa and former Representative Roe for their efforts to introduce and gain support for the Coronavirus Provider Protection Act,” said MPL Association President and CEO Brian Atchinson. “They highlighted the need for liability protections to ensure that our nation’s healthcare professionals did not face unwarranted lawsuits and also set a precedent for states around the nation to enact similar protections. Their tireless efforts laid the groundwork for important efforts in the 117th Congress.”