Dear Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer and Leader McCarthy:
As organizations representing hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, as well as health care professionals from across the country, we are writing to express our appreciation for the actions Congress has taken to date to address the COVID-19 pandemic and to ask you to support provisions in the next legislative package to protect those serving on the front lines of the pandemic from unwarranted legal action related to COVID-19. In the midst of an unprecedented health care crisis that is straining our health care system, we must support our health care facilities and professionals as they meet the demands of their patients and communities.
As you are aware, a number of state leaders have either issued Executive Orders or enacted legislation to support their health care facilities and professionals. These measures are designed to shield front-line providers from the legal exposure that results from actions and decisions undertaken in responding to an unprecedented public health emergency. However, not every state has taken action, and a federal legislative approach is necessary to ensure a consistent level of protection is available for every facility and provider.
We would ask that Congress consider provisions to shield from unwarranted liability the facilities and providers responding in good faith to prepare for and treat patients during the pandemic. This protection would not apply to situations in which there is gross negligence or other misconduct.
We thank you for your leadership in addressing the public health crisis and your commitment to supporting America’s health care providers during this critical time and beyond.
America’s Essential Hospitals
American Hospital Association
Association of American Medical Colleges
Catholic Health Association of the United States
Children’s Hospital Association
Federation of American Hospitals
National Association for Behavioral Healthcare
Premier healthcare alliance