Urge Governor Hochul to veto the wrongful death bill at the MSSNY Grassroots Action Center

Friday, January 06, 2023 8:21 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

Dear MCMS Members, Friends and Community Leaders -

The Monroe County Medical Society Leadership is asking you, county leaders,  medical staff offices (both private and hospital-employed) to urge members, physicians, residents, fellows, staff, and friends and families to veto the Wrongful Death Bill by signing the petition at: https://bit.ly/3WN5q2f

Please sign the petition TODAY: call the Governor's office, use social media, and use your influence to stop this disaster.  Urge Governor Hochul to veto the wrongful death bill at the MSSNY Grassroots Action Center.   

As you know, MSSNY has opposed this bill at every turn, along with a broad coalition of specialty associations, hospitals, malpractice insurers (especially our close partner, MLMIC), cities and town governments and others.  We have held meetings and sent emails urging action.  Notwithstanding this opposition, the bill passed the Legislature.  Since this summer, we have asked you and others to send letters and take other action to urge the Governor to veto the Bill. We have written over 7,000 letters to the Governor since June 1, some 1,600 in recent days (and a grand total of over 17,000 letters in 2022, mostly to our legislators). 

We appreciate the effort and thank those of you who wrote multiple letters.  Some 1,600 letters in the past week is a start, but not nearly enough.  

We Need Your Help to Make One Last Push. 

OUR ASK: Please ask all physicians, hospital leaders and the community to urge members, physicians, residents, fellows, and all staff (along with their friends and families) to sign the letter at the  MSSNY Grassroots Action Center (https://bit.ly/3WN5q2f)

Ask everyone you can (including colleagues, family and friends) to send a letter, call Governor's office, use social media (tweet/post), send op-eds to your local newspaper, call the Governor’s office on January 10 (518-474-8390), and use any other influence to stop this disaster. 

The wrongful death bill will expand our liability to close relatives, extend the statute of limitations time from 2 years to 3.5 years, and include compensation for companionship, anguish, and more.  Liability premiums are estimated to increase by 40%, according to an actuarial study sponsored by MSSNY and the hospital associations.  This will impact employed physicians as well, because your institution or large group will have less funds to pay you and your support staff.  This Bill means lower income and less help for you. 

Further, this bill will impact all New Yorkers – including all businesses and municipalities – with higher auto and homeowners insurance rates.  Other states cap liability awards.  New York does not.  We need the Governor to veto this terrible bill.    

Thank you for your action,

Parag Mehta, MD
President, Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY)


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