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COVID-19 Liability Protections Vetoed by Governor

November 30, 2020

On the last day of the current legislative session—and as cases of COVID-19 continue to surge across the commonwealth—Governor Wolf vetoed a bill that would have provided limited liability protections for hospitals, health systems, and practitioners who are on the front line fighting to keep all patients safe and healthy.

While the protections only would have been applicable to a limited timeframe and would not have provided liability protections for acts of gross negligence, recklessness, or intentional acts, Governor Wolf cited the concern for carelessness and a disregard for public safety.

House Bill 1737, sponsored by Representative Barb Gleim (R-Cumberland), provided temporary liability protections against predatory COVID-19 related lawsuits for action taken in response to and during the declared disaster emergency. The HAP-supported measure also would have provided protections for employers and school entities that comply with public health guidelines.

For more information contact, Warren Kampf, HAP’s senior vice president, advocacy and external affairs.