Gov. Cuomo Signs Repeal of Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act

Governor Cuomo has signed the repeal of a controversial law that shielded nursing homes and other essential businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits.

The measure rolls back the “Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act,” which granted health care facilities and workers liability immunity from negligence suits.

This comes as Cuomo’s administration is under federal investigation for covering up some 9,000 COVID-19 related nursing home deaths last year.

The measure is one of ten bills the Democrat-led Senate has spearheaded to improve accountability and oversight of nursing homes and the health department in the wake of the scandal.