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Tennessee Bill Will Prohibit Hospitals From Restricting Loved Ones From Visiting Patients

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A bill that has reached the Tennessee governor’s desk after making its way through the state legislature would prohibit hospitals from restricting visitor access to COVID-19 patients.

The legislation – which is now awaiting signature from Gov. Bill Lee – also includes measures that limit mask mandates and vaccine requirements to gain entry into certain places

“Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, during a period in which a disaster, emergency, or public health emergency for COVID-19 has been declared, a hospital shall not restrict a patient from having at least one (1) family member present with the patient during the stay in the hospital as long as the family member tests negative for COVID-19 and is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or another virus or communicable disease,” its language states.

Doug Kufner, a spokesperson for Republican House Speaker Cameron Sexton – the primary sponsor of the bill in that chamber – issued to Fox News a statement on his behalf Monday.

“Per discussions with members serving on the conference committee and as was stated on the record during the legislative process by the bill sponsor, the intent of the legislation was to help families support their loved ones who are nearing or in end-of-life scenarios,” Kufner said.

But Tennessee Hospital Association president and CEO Wendy Long told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that “we do have some concerns regarding a late addition to the legislation dealing with visitati… (Read more)

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