Repeals the emergency or disaster treatment protection act which protects health care facilities and health care professionals from liability that may result from treatment of individuals with COVID-19 under conditions resulting from circumstances associated with the public health emergency.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A10427
SPONSOR: Rules (Kim)
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to repeal article 30-d of the public health law relating to the
emergency or disaster treatment protection act
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill repeals Article 30-D of the Public Health Law (colloquially
known as the Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act) with the
intent of holding health care facilities, administrators, and executives
accountable for harm and damages incurred.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the Public Health Law by repealing Article 30-D.
Section 2 provides the effective date.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND AMENDED VERSION (IF APPLICABLE):
This is a new bill.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed in New York State, it is now
apparent that negligence by administrators and executives of nursing
homes has occurred at an extraordinary degree. The consequences have
been tragic: as of early May 2020, nearly five thousand of New York's
elderly and most vulnerable residents have succumbed to this disease,
and to date, there has been zero accountability nor transparency for
these preventable deaths. The ELFA bill (A.9506/S.7506) in the FY 2021
state budget bills codified Article 30-D of the Public Health Law. In
Article 30-D egregiously uses severe liability standards as a means to
insulate health care facilities and specifically, administrators and
executives of such facilities, from any civil or criminal liability for
negligence. Repealing this article is a much-needed step to holding
health care administrators accountable and doing everything possible to
stop even more preventable deaths from happening.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
Immediately upon passage.