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Support the SAVE Act to Protect Health Care Workers

With Congress back in Washington, D.C., the AHA is asking hospital and health system leaders to contact their House members to cosponsor the bipartisan Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act of 2022.

The health care workforce needs Congress’ help to stop the increasing violence they face on the job. Recent studies indicate that 44% of nurses reported experiencing physical violence and 68% reported experiencing verbal abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic. Workplace violence has severe consequences for the entire health care system. Not only does violence cause physical and psychological injury for health care workers, workplace violence and intimidation make it more difficult for nurses, doctors and other clinical staff to provide quality patient care.

It is imperative that we deliver a strong, unified message: Congress should enact the Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act, which provides health care workers with similar protections to those currently provided to flight crews, flight attendants and airport workers.

In your conversations with your representatives requesting support of the SAVE Act, please:

  • Describe how violence against hospital employees has markedly increased since the pandemic and there is no sign of it receding. This surge in assaults on the health care workforce cannot continue, and we must do everything we can to protect them. See AHA’s new fact sheet on Workplace Violence and Intimidation, and the Need for a Federal Legislative Response.
  • Talk about your organization’s experience with increased violence against your nurses, doctors and clinical staff. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health care field has experienced a marked increase in workplace violence. This violence causes severe consequences for the entire health care system. Nurses and doctors cannot provide attentive care when they are afraid for their personal safety. Increases in violence and intimidation exacerbates an already strained workforce.
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Support the Coalition to Protect America's Health Care

The Coalition to Protect America's Health Care was formed to protect access to the best quality health care for all Americans. We are a community of more than one million people who recognize the important role hospitals play in communities all over America, and advocate on their behalf to elected officials in Washington who too-often put funding for paitent care on chopping block.

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The AHA Political Action Committee (AHAPAC) allows eligible hospital leaders to make voluntary donations toward the support of federal candidates of both political parties who support the hospital policy agenda. AHAPAC is bipartisan, working with state hospital associations and others. AHAPAC raised more than $4 million for the 2018 elections, making more than 1,000 different contributions.

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