Comment on Proposed Venue Rule Change

Help stop this threat before it becomes a crisis!

The only way to stop the ‘Venue Shopping’ rule change is to flood the Civil Procedural Rules Committee with personal comments!

The deadline for public comment is Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. Use the PHCA Protect Pa. Healthcare Sample Comment and send an email to:

Karla M. Shultz, Counsel
Civil Procedural Rules Committee
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
civilrules@pacourts.us

Or copy and paste the comment below into your email:

SUBJECT: Proposed Changes to Civil Amendment 1006

Dear Ms. Shultz,

I am a _____ (job title) with _______(facility name), a _____ (nursing home, personal care home or assisted living residence) located in ____, Pennsylvania. I am contacting you to strongly urge the Civil Procedural Rules Committee and the Supreme Court to reject the proposed changes to Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 1006. If approved, this would rescind subdivision (a.1), limiting venue in medical professional liability actions to the county in which the cause of action arose.

(Adding your personal comments to the paragraph(s) are crucial to protecting PA health care)

As someone who works in long-term care in Pennsylvania and cares for our seniors, I expect to be held accountable for my actions in the jurisdiction in which I operate. If this rule is repealed, and we return to the days in which attorneys are able to ‘shop’ for the most lucrative judicial venues in Pennsylvania, hundreds of providers, thousands of staff and tens of thousands of residents will be put at risk.

Pennsylvania is currently the fourth oldest state in the entire country, and our long-term care sector must be able to thrive if we are to care for our aging population. This would do nothing but set our progress back to the late 1990s and early 2000s when companies went bankrupt and access to care was an issue.

Nursing homes, personal care homes and assisted living residences will all be negatively affected if the Committee and Court approve this proposed change. I ask that you please share my comment with the Committee. Thank you.

If you have any questions, please contact Zach Shamberg, Director of Government Affairs at PHCA, at zshamberg@phca.org or 717-221-7934.

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