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Will the Next Federal COVID-19 Relief Package Include Liability Protection?

August 11, 2020

Medical advocates are continuing the fight for a federal medical liability shield as Congress debates the next round of COVID-19 relief.

Federal legislation (H.R. 7059) was previously introduced to provide limited and targeted protection for healthcare professionals and facilities on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. ISMIE Mutual joined with other stakeholders in support of this bill, which remains under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congress is now considering another large omnibus bill that would address several areas of pandemic relief. Whether the larger bill will include elements of H.R. 7059 is currently under discussion.

Personal injury lawyers, of course, are against sensible liability protections, so the future of federal legislation is unclear. The Health Coalition on Liability and Access (HCLA) recently debunked six myths offered by the plaintiffs' bar in opposition to these protections.

ISMIE urges you to contact your lawmakers to ask for strong health professional immunity protections in any COVID-19 legislation being negotiated now.

If you have questions, please contact us by email.
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