Florida front-line healthcare heroes applaud Senate’s passage of COVID-19 liability protections

Several Florida healthcare professionals Thursday released the following statements, applauding Governor Ron DeSantis for leading the charge and the Florida Legislature for the Senate’s passage of SB 72 by Sen. Jeff Brandes, legislation to help guard against meritless lawsuits involving Covid-19 claims:

Steve Bahmer, President and CEO of LeadingAge Florida:


“We appreciate Senator Brandes for his leadership and the Senate for its support of this important bill, which extends reasonable liability protections to senior care providers,” said Steve Bahmer, LeadingAge Florida President and CEO.

“The highly contagious, deadly coronavirus has been particularly harmful for older adults and those who serve them across the continuum of senior care. These frontline health care workers have fought the virus for months with courage and resolve. And despite the risks, the dedicated staff working in our senior care communities have continued to prioritize the health and wellbeing of residents above their own wellbeing.  We are grateful to the Senate for protecting those who have been protecting our seniors.”

Melanie Brown-Woofter, President and CEO of the Florida Behavioral Health Association:

“The Florida Behavioral Health Association applauds both Senate leadership and House leadership for supporting the COVID-19 liability protection bill and including mental health and substance abuse treatment providers among those covered,” said FBHA President and CEO Melanie Brown-Woofter.

“While the pandemic has exacerbated mental health and substance abuse challenges for Floridians, it is reassuring that our mental health and substance use providers can continue to serve people without facing the risk of litigation related to the coronavirus.”

Michael Griffin, Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy for Advent Health:

“We appreciate Senate President Wilton Simpson’s commitment to protect health care workers who have performed admirably under incredibly challenging circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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