New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) pulled the plug on a law section that protected nursing homes from lawsuits related to the pandemic.
The law, known as Emergency Disaster Treatment Protection Act, granted immunity to health care providers from potential liability that could stem from actions, decisions, and omissions related to the care of the people. New York introduced it last year during the pandemic when the virus raged across the state and made it a coronavirus epicenter.
The story: Cuomo this week approved legislation that voids the section of the law that gave health care professionals civic immunity. New York lawmakers passed the bill to repeal the protections in March amid growing scandals encircling the governor, including his handling of nursing homes.
Legislators rolled back part of the measures last year to allow lawsuits unrelated to coronavirus patients. Family members and patients still found not sue hospitals and nursing homes over care “related to the diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19.”
“As we near the passage of this year’s momentous budget, I am relieved to see corporate immunity, which was slipped into last year’s budget, fully repealed,” State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi said in a statement, according to the New York Post.
“This blanket immunity prevented thousands of families who lost loved ones to COVID-19 from seeking legal recourse, and potentially incentivized nursing home executives to cut corners — endangering staff and residents.”
Worth noting: At the same time when the protections were initially approved, Cuomo also forced adult care facilities to take in anyone, including people who test positive for the coronavirus. He later rescinded it after heavy criticism and after the order was blamed for a high number of coronavirus deaths in nursing homes in the state.
The administration then came under scrutiny for how it reported on coronavirus deaths in adult care facilities and is now facing a federal investigation.
Meanwhile, Cuomo is being accused of sexual harassment. At least nine women have come forward with different accusations, all of which include inappropriate behavior.
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