LeadingAge PA commends General Assembly for passage of limited liability relief; calls on Gov. Wolf to sign House Bill 1737 to protect senior care providers during ongoing pandemic

By LeadingAge PA
November 20, 2020

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Nov. 20, 2020) - LeadingAge PA President and CEO Adam Marles today commended the Pennsylvania General Assembly for sending House Bill 1737 to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature. The legislation includes long overdue comprehensive, temporary, pandemic-related liability protection for senior care providers.

"Long-term care providers must have the support of their state government at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is surging and still an immense challenge," Marles said. "On behalf of our more than 370 members all across the commonwealth who are waging a 24/7 battle against this virus despite a critical lack of state funding, we call on Gov. Tom Wolf to sign this desperately needed legislation. Doing so will allow facilities to ignore frivolous lawsuits and focus on what's important - fighting this pandemic and saving lives. The governor has demonstrated a willingness to provide liability protections for individual health care workers through executive action earlier in the year. We hope we can count on Gov. Wolf's support at this critical time.

"We want to thank Sen. Lisa Baker, Sen. Jake Corman, Sen. Kim Ward and all members of the state Senate who voted for this legislation. In the House, we applaud the work of Speaker of the House Brian Cutler, Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, and all members who supported House Bill 1737.."


About LeadingAge PA:
LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing more than 370 quality senior housing, health care, and community services across the commonwealth. These providers serve more than 75,000 older Pennsylvanians and employ over 50,000 dedicated caregivers on a daily basis. Services our members offer include Life Plan Communities / Continuing Care Retirement Communities, skilled nursing communities, assisted living residences, personal care homes, and affordable senior housing. LeadingAge PA advocates on behalf of our members at the state and local levels to influence positive change and affect a healthy vision for the delivery of quality, affordable, and ethical care for Pennsylvania's seniors. For more information about LeadingAge PA and our envisioned future of senior services, visit www.leadingagepa.org. 

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