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HAP Joins Supreme Court Petition to Delay Civil Proceedings During COVID-19 Pandemic

HAP and other organizations representing health care providers issued a letter to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in response to an effort by the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the Pennsylvania Defense Institute to re-open pre-trial proceedings against health care practitioners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HAP, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, Pennsylvania Health Care Association, and other signatories requested that the Supreme Court suspend all pre-trial proceedings against health care practitioners and providers, as well as other health care professionals (including administration and staff), for a period of 90 days or until the Governor lifts the emergency declaration for the COVID-19 response.

HAP argued that hospitals and health systems are canceling elective surgeries and making enormous investments to deal with the anticipated surge of COVID-19 patients, and that it is in the public interest to delay these actions during this emergency. “Health care in Pennsylvania needs to be focused on health care right now. The more practitioners can focus on this pandemic, the better the commonwealth will be,” the signatories said.

For more information please contact Warren Kampf, senior vice president for advocacy and external affairs, legislative advocacy.


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