The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act
We Must Do More: Reauthorize and Fund the #LornaBreenLaw
The pressures on health workers over the past few years finally shined a bright light on the immense strain they face – but this strain is deeply rooted in how our healthcare system operates. Our health workers continue to face a mental health crisis. We must do more for those working tirelessly to save lives, often at great personal risk.
We must reauthorize and increase funding for the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (HR 7153/S 3679).
Please contact your lawmakers to support the Act now.
The Law: A Needed First Step
The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act is a landmark, first-of-its-kind legislation supporting health workers’ mental health and well-being. Since passage in 2022, the Lorna Breen Act has funded $103 million across 44 organizations to implement evidence-informed strategies that reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, mental health conditions, and substance use disorders. It has also established the Impact Wellbeing™ campaign, which gives hospital leaders evidence-informed solutions to reduce health worker burnout, sustain well-being, and build a system where health workers thrive.
But this is only scratching the surface of caring for our caregivers — less than 1% of the 6,120 hospitals in our country received grants, and it doesn’t consider the 200,000+ other types of healthcare settings. In addition to widening its reach to more hospitals, the reauthorization of the Lorna Breen Act also renews focus on reducing administrative burden for health workers everywhere.
It’s time to act. Contact your lawmakers to support reauthorization.
Harnessing Our Collective Strength
The Lorna Breen Act would not have been possible without the representatives dedicated to supporting our healthcare workforce. We would like to thank the following legislators cosponsoring the bill’s reauthorization: Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN), and Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Susan Wild (D-PA), Buddy Carter (R-GA), and Jen Kiggans (R-VA).
We would also like to thank the growing list of over 70 industry supporters, including the American Medical Association (AMA), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the American Hospital Association (AHA), and the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
Together, we can help better care for our caregivers.
Contact your lawmakers to support reauthorizing the Act now.
You can access a downloadable two-pager with highlights about the reauthorization of the Lorna Breen Act here. This is a great resource for health leaders interested in learning more about the Lorna Breen Act and what it means for their health system.