The Grieving Families Act

A Legislative Update from OneGroup

Lynn Trentini, Business Insurance Account Executive, OneGroup

Earlier this week, it was announced that Governor Hochul had vetoed the Grieving Families Act (GFA) for the second time. This piece of legislation would have extended the length of time to bring a wrongful death claim, expanded the list of family members who would be eligible to file a claim, and allowed the recovery of non-economic monetary damages for grief and anguish. This is good news for the medical community, given the unanticipated financial consequences that could have resulted had it been signed into law.  

Although this bill was vetoed, there is still an opportunity for the legislature to override the veto with a two-thirds majority vote by both houses. In addition, insurance carriers anticipate that the bill will be reintroduced this year, either in its current format or with modifications, and seek passage again by both houses. As a result, lobbying efforts are expected to continue by insurance carriers, partner associations, and the medical community to advocate against this bill.

Many of our clients have asked to be updated as the situation evolves, and we are here to provide you with the most current information. 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss how this could impact your medical practice, please feel free to contact Brian Hurley at 315-708-3635.

This content is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing professional, financial, medical or legal advice. You should contact your licensed professional to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Please refer to your policy contract for any specific information or questions on applicability of coverage.

Please note coverage can not be bound or a claim reported without written acknowledgment from a OneGroup Representative.