Dingell Emergency Preparedness Legislation Passes House
The House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation including provisions by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) to strengthen and evaluate emergency preparedness procedures for hospitals and long-term care facilities. Dingell wrote the Worst-Case Scenario Hospital Preparedness Act in the aftermath of the 2017 hurricane season, which caused flooding and power outages at hospitals and medical facilities from Florida to Puerto Rico, resulting in public health emergencies and, in some cases, loss of life. The bipartisan legislation, co-sponsored by Florida Republican Daniel Webster, was included as a part of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security lists health care as one of 16 critical infrastructure sectors. The included provision seeks to improve emergency preparedness across the health care system by directing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to engage with the most appropriate entity to conduct a comprehensive study into the future threats impacting emergency preparedness procedures for hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare facilities. The study will provide Congress with a report (within 3 years) on new recommendations, benchmarks, best practices, and expert analysis on: