March 03, 2017
Earlier this week, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee passed out of committee a bill that would be extremely harmful to consumers - the “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017” (H.R. 1215) - which would limit the ability to hold all healthcare providers accountable. The bill’s sweeping scope covers not only cases involving medical malpractice, but also cases involving unsafe drugs and nursing home abuse and neglect. We are very concerned about this bill's far-reaching effects for those receiving care in the community and nursing homes. Here is a link to the issue brief about the bill.
Advocacy is needed right away because the bill is expected to go to the House floor for a vote in the next couple of weeks.
If you are part of a state or national group, please take action by signing your organization on to a letter opposing the bill that the Center for Justice and Democracy is circulating. Here is the link to the letter.
Your organization’s signature will help show Congress that a broad group of community, consumer, health, and public interest organizations strongly oppose H.R. 1215. The letter will be sent to the House prior to the floor vote.
Groups can sign on by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and letting us know the name of your organization. If you are a state group, please indicate your state. Signatures are due COB Thursday, March 9.
If you need additional information or have any questions, please email Alisha Lineswala at email@example.com or Robyn Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your advocacy!