U.S. Rep Summer Lee, D-12th District, introduced legislation on Thursday that would provide hazard pay and other protections for essential healthcare workers in emergency or disaster situations.
The Hazard Pay for Health Care Heroes Act, sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Ed Markey D-Mass, would include not only doctors and nurses at hospitals, but home care workers, medical technologists, and environmental services staff.
“I’ve been fighting for fair wages and safe conditions for our hospital workers from my time as an organizer and state legislator all the way to Congress,” Lee said in a statement. “Every time disaster strikes, our health care workers show up for us–even when it means putting their own lives at risk. It’s time we show up for them with pay and protection, not just bells and whistles.”
Under the legislation, the first Lee has introduced as a member of Congress as a primary sponsor, the