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The Florida legislature is at it again passing legislation to move on from Covid-19 and protect the citizens of Florida from mandates and harmful policies. The legislature passed the “No Patient Left Alone” Act which will require hospitals and other health facilities to allow families to visit patients.

The new law will ensure that all patients are allowed to see their families during their time in the health care system. It also states that no family member should be turned away due to vaccination status.

DeSantis quickly signed the bill into law in order to give back basic humanity to the most vulnerable. After signing the bill into law, DeSantis tweeted “Today, I signed the No Patient Left Alone Act into law to protect the right of Floridians to have companionship when hospitalized. Floridians will be able to visit their loved ones when it matters most.” 

DeSantis also made a statement regarding the bill, in a press release, “Throughout the pandemic, the federal government has waived protections for families to visit their loved ones in hospitals and long-term care facilities. That is unacceptable. Here in Florida, we recognize that family and human connection is one of the most important aspects of physical, mental, and emotional well-being and we are ensuring Floridians are never again denied the right to see their relatives and friends while in hospitals or nursing homes.” 

The First Lady of Florida, Casey DeSantis, chimed in on the bill as well. “Patients shouldn’t be denied the right to see their loved ones, especially during life’s difficult moments. Thank you to Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature for prioritizing this important issue. Hopefully, this law will bring much peace, comfort, and clarity to Floridians.”

Healthcare rights are most definitely something near and dear to the hearts of the DeSantis family. Most Americans remember Casey DeSantis’ battle with breast cancer earlier this year. Thankfully she has been cleared and is now in remission. One could say that the DeSantis family has first-hand knowledge of the necessary changes to the policy in regard to healthcare.

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Hopefully, the rest of the country will follow suit and pass laws to ensure patients’ rights are protected as we move on from Covid-19.