Governor Vetoes Healthcare Liability Protection Bill

Posted on August 11, 2020

Michigan Capitol BuildingOn Aug. 10, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed legislation that would limit legal liability for healthcare facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting facilities from certain lawsuits related to the pandemic response. Under Senate Bill (SB) 899, health facilities would receive limited immunity from lawsuits related to the provision of care to COVID-19 patients, the need to reschedule patient care due to governmental orders and experiencing shortages of needed supplies.

SB 899 was introduced by Sen. Michael MacDonald (R- Macomb Township). The current version of the bill was passed by the House and Senate in late July and required the governor’s signature to become law. The bill will now return to the Legislature. Lawmakers can make changes or vote to override the governor’s veto, which requires a two-thirds majority in each chamber. The MHA will continue to keep members informed on this issue. Questions on SB 899 should be directed to Adam Carlson at the MHA.


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