New pandemic insurance bill is "first salvo"

US Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has introduced a bill which would pave the way for an insurance program that would cover pandemic-related business losses.

The bill, called the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act (PRIA), calls for the establishment of a Pandemic Risk Reinsurance Program. This program – which would be funded by both public and private sources – would be used to cover business losses from pandemics or other public health emergencies. Under the proposed legislation, businesses can purchase pandemic insurance, and once a public health emergency occurs, both the federal government and insurers will share financial responsibility for covering the claims up to $750 billion.

Hollywood Reporter said that Maloney introduced the bill after discussions with studios, producers, and news media.

“We have been talking to a lot of people in the media. They are concerned about event cancellations and other things. They have expressed interest, very much so,” the representative said in a press call. “We’ve talked to [studios], too, they’re interested, too, and news media, news stations and Hollywood producers. ... They’ve all weighed in in certain ways.” Read More.

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