Prohibiting a hospital, related institution, or hospice facility from restricting the visitation of a patient’s family member or health care agent based on measures related to COVID-19 or any catastrophic health emergency; and authorizing the Maryland Department of Health to develop guidelines regarding the use of personal protective equipment by visitors if a patient is actively infected with COVID-19 or any disease constituting a catastrophic health emergency.
why icm SUPPORTS HB1379
- Isolation of patients in hospitals, hospice facilities, and nursing homes does not significantly reduce mortality from Covid-19.
- Restricting access to family members isolates patients at a time when they are most vulnerable. These policies are unnecessarily inhumane and harmful while conferring no individual or society-wide benefit.
Who to contact about HB1379
There will be a hearing for HB1379 before the Health and Government Operations Committee on 3/14/2022 at 2:00 PM.
If you’re a constituent of his – in District 4 – let him know!
If you’re a constituent of hers – in District 7 – let her know!
If you’re a constituent of his – in District 8 – let him know!
If you’re a constituent of his – in District 35A – let him know!
If you’re a constituent of hers – in District 34B – let her know!
Please copy and paste the following email addresses of the Health and Government Operations Committee members into the BCC section of your email in support of HB1347:
Please call the offices of the Health and Government Operations Committee members in support of HB1347:
Please note: Rules for submitting written and oral testimony have changed this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, and can be viewed here. We’re asking members for phone calls, emails, and written testimony only at this time.
Please spread the word! Let’s flood the offices of HB1379 sponsors and the HGO committee members with polite, respectful, forceful emails and phone calls. They need to hear our voices!