US lawmaker seeks bonuses for healthcare staff in honor of late Baltimore hospital critical care chief

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Kelly Gooch –
Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
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The proposition is in honor of the late Joseph Costa, MD, who served as chief of important care at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. Dr. Costa passed away July 25 of problems related to the coronavirus. He was 56.

The Dr. Joseph J. Costa Honoring Essential Americans Risking Their Safety Act would award “hero” pay, or benefits, to doctors, nurses, specialists and nonmedical healthcare facility staff who work near infected patients within federally-designated COVID-19 hotspots, according to a press release pointed out by the Sun. The publication reported that the payment quantity and financing source for the bonuses was unclear.

U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland will propose federal legislation Sept. 10 that provides bonuses for front-line health center employees battling COVID-19, according to The Baltimore Sun.

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