PA (WOLF) — Pennsylvanian State Lawmakers introduced legislation that would bring more accountability to the process of hospital closures.
House Bill 158 doubles the time in which a hospital must notify state and local agencies of a planned closure from 90 to 180 days
This ensures Pennsylvanians continue to get the care they need.
State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski spoke with FOX56:
According to the way the law was written, all they need is 90 days to let people know that they're going to close. We found that to be quite frankly a bit inhuman. I mean we're not dealing with inanimate objects here. We're dealing with people’s lives, their welfare. What we're gonna be doing now is we're looking for support from the public to support this bill which would improve a transition that would be practical, reasonable, and quite frankly appropriate to take care of those patients that need this healthcare.
The bill currently has 17 co-sponsors and awaits referral to committee.