Legislature Returns to Session
The Legislature reconvened this week after a long month off due to COVID-19.
The first bill the House passed will protect our health care workers from frivolous lawsuits filed during this pandemic. Many of these workers have spent long hours putting themselves at personal risk when testing or treating suffering patients or those near death. Yet, already there are lawyers lined up to file suit over treatment and testing. Senate Bill 300 will not prevent lawsuits for intentional or gross negligence or misconduct, and it only applies to COVID-19 and not other health issues. Those with an actual grievance will have recourse, but lawyers who are seeking to in some way benefit from this pandemic will be stopped.
Another bill ends a longrunning debate over the oversight of certified registered nurse anesthetists. Senate Bill 801 represents a compromise between these nursing professionals and the physicians with whom they work. Instead of working under the supervision of the physician, the bill specifies they will work in collaboration. Certified registered nurse anesthetists have long contended that they must go through years of schooling and licensing requirements to practice, and having to work under the supervision of physicians’ costs them additional money and slows their work. This bill presents a good compromise for the continued safety of patients while opening the way for faster and more affordable care.
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