February 24, 2022

ACR-Supported Healthcare Provider Mental Health Bill Sent to President

The U.S. Senate passed the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (H.R. 1667) Feb. 17. Once enacted, this critical legislation will help establish behavioral health and well-being training programs for healthcare workers, a national campaign to encourage healthcare professionals to seek support and treatment, a federal study into healthcare professional mental health and burnout, and grants to establish and expand mental health support services.

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) was a strong supporter of this legislative effort; ACR members played an important role in advocating for the Breen Bill as a legislative priority during Hill Day 2021.

The bill is named in honor of Lorna Breen, MD, an emergency physician from New York City who died by suicide in April 2020.

The bill was previously passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and is expected to be signed by the president.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Megan Marcinko, ACR Senior Government Affairs Director.