Davis introduces legislation aimed at providing support for health care workers fighting COVID-19

HARRISBURG, April 7 – Looking to provide a much-needed safety net for frontline medical professionals fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, introduced legislation Tuesday that seeks to ensure these workers have the support they need during this ongoing crisis.

“COVID-19 has created a significant burden for health care workers,” Davis said. “Health care workers across this Commonwealth are on the front lines battling this virus every day. They selflessly continue to fight to save the lives of our families, friends and neighbors. As government leaders we need to ensure they have the support they need during this difficult time – it’s the least we can do.”

Davis said his legislation would do the following:

  • Invest in urgently needed personal protective equipment to help protect frontline health care workers and their patients from infection.
  • Establish mental health supports for frontline health care workers, many of whom are working long hours under extreme stress and personal hardship.
  • Create a childcare grant program for frontline health care workers to ensure they are able to afford high-quality childcare as they work to save lives.

This legislation is expected to be considered by the House in the near future.