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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: June 16, 2021 02:44 PM
From: Representative Kate A. Klunk
To: All House members
Subject: Limitation of Liability for Social Services Providers
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to protect the continued viability of social service agencies. For the last several years, insurers have been increasingly declining to renew professional liability policies of entities that provide services on behalf of county agencies. The insurers that have not left the market have steadily and drastically increased premiums, even as they reduce coverage. As a result, providers of foster care, adoption, residential treatment, and other placement services are finding it increasingly cost prohibitive – and sometimes literally impossible - to obtain professional liability insurance.

My bill will ensure the continued viability of these essential service providers by making the limits on damage awards that currently apply to county children and youth agencies also apply to the that are out there doing the same work. It will NOT provide the agencies with immunity for any type or class of claim.

Though the change I propose is modest, I believe it is crucial, and I ask for your support.

Introduced as HB2213