OLR Bill Analysis

SB 1060

AN ACT CONCERNING THE MAINTENANCE OF PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE BY NURSING HOMES, HOME HEALTH CARE AGENCIES AND HOMEMAKER-HOME HEALTH AIDE AGENCIES.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires anyone who individually or jointly establishes, conducts, operates, or maintains a nursing home, home health care agency, or homemaker-home health aide agency to maintain professional liability insurance or other indemnity against liability for professional malpractice. The insurance must cover malpractice claims for injury or death of at least $1 million for one person, per occurrence, with an aggregate (i.e., the total for all claims within the coverage period) of at least $3 million.

The bill explicitly exempts residential care homes from this requirement.

The bill also makes a conforming change.

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2014

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

41

Nay

1

(04/12/2013)